1. Coats wasn’t fired because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.
Revised: While Coats’ employer found his legal use of prescription marijuana acceptable, he was fired for violating workplace policy.
2. An employer isn’t able to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
Revised: An employee who takes the proper medication to deal with anxiety will be safe from getting fired regarding this issue.
3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
Revised: In Colorado, employees can maintain job security even when they indulge in the legal use of alcohol and marijuana.
4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
Revised: Coats treatment of the pain he endured on a daily basis resulted in wrongful termination.
5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
Revised: It is only fair for him to ease the pain of his multiple spasms through the use of marijuana.
6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.
Revised: Coats smoking marijuana on his own time, outside of work, was harmless.
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.
Revised: The swift actions of the Secret Service agents prevented Omar Gonzalez from penetrating deep into the White House.
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 how the breach occurred is under question.
Revised: The response of the Secret Service to the breach of the White House was freely accepted, however the breach itself is under question.
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.
Revised: While her testimony before Congress yesterday was acceptable, Secret Service chief Julia Pierson may lose her job for her incompetence.
10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.
Revised: The 4-inch blade carried by the intruder prevented the Secret Service agents from using deadly force against him.