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Cannabis Company Under Discrimination Claims

April 8th, 2019

National marijuana retailer, MedMen, is facing a legal problem that has nothing to do with its line of business dispensing recreational and medical marijuana. The California-based company is being sued by its former chief financial officer for a series of allegations, including workplace discrimination.

MedMen was founded in 2010 and offers both medical and recreational marijuana, as well as operating its own cannabis manufacturing facility. The company sells the product in sleek settings, including Beverly Hills and New York’s Fifth Avenue, and embarked on an advertising blitz aiming to remove the stigma and promote a safe and accessible environment for its customers. The lawsuit comes as they seek to grow their business and expand significantly with the acquisition of the medical cannabis company, PharmaCann.

Workplace protections against unlawful discrimination are covered under the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. The former CFO alleges that he was forced out after less than a year on the job because of his refusal to overlook unlawful practices. The allegations include claims of a workplace that tolerated ongoing racial, sexual, and homophobic slurs. The suit also alleges illegal falsification of his signature on financial forms. He is suing for breach of contract and wrongful termination.

Prior Issues

Discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender are among the protections in U.S. federal and state civil rights laws. Workers have the right to an environment free of illegal discrimination. MedMen’s co-founder denied the claims and the board of directors issued a statement in support of the company. However, the lawsuit is giving some in the industry pause, as the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association has distanced themselves from the company. It is also not the only legal action the company is currently facing. Earlier this year, several investors filed a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit and are seeking $19.8 million in damages.

MedMen joins a list of corporations in recent news who are being accused of illegal discriminatory practices. For workers in this situation, it is essential to understand their rights and potential remedies. An employment discrimination lawyer can provide skilled advice on the process of filing a claim and guide you through the process of documenting your case.

Philadelphia Employment Discrimination Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Advocate for Workers’ Rights

The Philadelphia employment discrimination lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. advocate tirelessly for those who have been the victims of unlawful workplace discrimination. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and throughout South Jersey. Contact us for a free consultation via our online form or call us at 215-569-1999.

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