Good news, boys and girls! We can get high on life… and on weed… on the job!
In a complete shock ruling, Connecticut’s highest court has ruled that a UConn employee was wrongfully fired for smoking weed at work. I know, cue the collective jaw drop in 3…2…
So, let’s go back to 2012, when a police officer caught Gregory Linhoff smoking a joint in a state vehicle during his maintenance shift at UConn’s Health Center. Obviously, due to the school’s stance on employees using drugs and alcohol while on the clock, Linhoff was let go.
Linhoff and the union came to a joint agreement that his punishment was too severe, due to his his otherwise sparkly clean record he held since 1998, and argued that his constitutional rights were violated.
He also said he “inadvertently” brought the drug and pipe to the school. As to why he lit up, it’s because he noticed his pipe was “smelly” and decided to smoke the residue left in it to eliminate the odor.
Oh, that makes perfect sense. He just HAD to take care of that putrid problem right then and there.
On top of that, the union said Linhoff needed weed to deal with his personal issues: his divorce and his subsequent cancer scare. They argued “smoking marijuana helped to alleviate [Linhoff’s] stress and anxiety.”
Ergo, Linhoff’s supporters rallied to have his termination lifted and instead be replaced with a six-month suspension with random drug-testing for a year.
Anyways, the state’s highest court has UNANIMOUSLY sided with Linhoff, to which the rest of us law-abiding citizens are shrugging our shoulders to high heaven because, WELP, it’s Connecticut. Are we really surprised?
CT Mirror reports that the highest court ruled that UConn was in the wrong for firing Linhoff and demanded he be reinstated. With back pay.
Smoke a bit of weed at work, get fired, pass go, and collect four years’ worth of salary. Seems legit.
While Linhoff is doing his happy dance and celebrating like a responsible adult, others are rolling their eyes and stomping their feet over the dangerous precedent the state just helped establish.
The state’s Attorney General lambasted the decision, saying that the decision, “sends a message to state employees and taxpayers that prohibited drug use on the job will be tolerated.”
So, congrats guys! If we’re stressed at work, we can totally light up because we’re emotionally compromised. Who cares about that state law that makes it perfectly legal to fire a first-time offender? Not Connecticut, clearly.