Nevada bans employers from discriminating employee on marijuana test

Nevada becomes the first state to pass a unique law for employers. Starting next year job seekers cannot be barred to be hired if failed marijuana screening test. It will be unlawful.

Signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak, the law however has exceptions and does not applies to employees who would operate a motor vehicle, firefighters, EMTs and whose job could adversely affect safety of others.

The law adds prospective employee now gets legal rights to submit additional screening test to rebut the results.

Gov. Sisolak said he signed AB132 into law as legal cannabis industry is flourishing in the state and it is important to keep the economic opportunity door open for all the residents.

Nevadans voted in 2016 in favor of legalization of recreational marijuana to adults and older.

The law adds prospective employee now gets legal rights to submit additional screening test to rebut the results.

A similar bill was passed by the New York City Council last April and banned employers from asking prospective employee to pass a marijuana screening test.

Maine too legalized recreational marijuana but job seekers here are not discriminated on such ground even though there is no related law about drug testing.

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