Clark Hill attorney Scott Cruz was recently interviewed by WBBM | CBS Chicago to discuss the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois. Cruz explains that lawmakers effectively indemnified employees when they approved recreational marijuana for Illinois. They did this by amending the state’s Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act, a measure that bars employees from taking action against workers who privately consume lawful products, which weed now becomes.
“If they just know you smoked marijuana three weeks ago, an employee tells and employer that, they can’t take action based on that,” Cruz says.
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Scott Cruz is a Member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment group, based in the firm's Chicago office. Cruz represents both public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including civil litigation and preventative counseling. He not only assists employers in drafting employment policies, employment agreements, and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, but helps companies enforce their non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and helps protect their trade secrets, proprietary information, customer relationships, investments in talent, and other valuable assets.
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