1. Coats was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription, but he was fired for violating workplace policy.
2. An employer can’t fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
3. Alcohol is legal, so employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work, and, in Colorado, so is marijuana.
4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis so he shouldn’t have been fired.
5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him since he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job due to his smoking of marijuana, and, he was doing so on his own time, not at work.
BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.
7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but rather how the breach occurred.
9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.
10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.