A resident of New York City is suing Amazon for allegedly rescinding a job offer due to testing positive for marijuana on a drug test. The person filing the lawsuit claims that he was offered a position as a package sorter in November 2020 and rejected due to a positive drug test.
According to the lawsuit, the employee took a drug test as a condition of employment with Amazon. After completing the test, he was not contacted back for a month until he called them and was told he had tested positive for marijuana, and as a result, they were no longer interested in hiring him.
The lawsuit was filed with the Brooklyn Federal Court claiming that Amazon had violated the New York City Human Rights Law. This law forbids employers from conducting pre-employment drug testing, except under exceptional cases such as when employees will operate heavy machinery.
The applicant’s lawyer claims that Amazon has rejected more than 100 prospective employees due to their testing policies. As a result, he has filed the lawsuit as a possible class action.