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.
Coats was fired for violating workplace policy, not for his legal use of the drug marijuana, for which he had a prescription.
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.
People who have anxiety and take the correct medication to deal with it cannot be fired.
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.
Alcohol is legal, so if employees go out and have a few beers after work, they will keep their jobs. Similarly, in Colorado marijuana is also legal.
4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis, so he should have kept his job.
5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
Using marijuana, he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms and he should have been treated as equally as the other employees.
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.
Coats was smoking marijuana on his own time, not at work, so he was completely harmless to any of his work peers.
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.
Thanks to the swift actions of Secret Service agents, Omar Gonzales was stopped before he could penetrate 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.
Even though the events of the breach of the White House are under question, the Secret Service does not need to explain its actions in response to the breach.
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.
Secret Service chief Julia Pierson testified before Congress yesterday, and may keep her job. On the other hand, her incompetence may cost her her job.
10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.
The intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, so Secret Service agents refrained from using deadly force against him.