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Winning Against Unjust Marijuana Termination in Illinois: A Pietrucha Law Firm Success Story

April 3, 2024

Have you been fired for testing positive for marijuana, despite never being under the influence at work? You’re not alone, and Pietrucha Law Firm, LLC is here to champion your cause. If you get fired for testing positive for marijuana, it’s likely your employer will report to the unemployment office that you were fired for “misconduct” and you unemployment benefits will be denied. But don’t give up. In Illinois, recreational and medical marijuana are legal, and we’re zealous about overturning unfair unemployment benefits denial decisions in Illinois. We thrive on representing clients through telephone hearings in front of administrative law judges on all issues involving misconduct. Our firm’s track record speaks volumes, and we’re ready to make your case our next success story.

An Unemployment Benefits Win on Appeal: A Healthcare Worker’s Triumph

Due to confidentiality, we can’t reveal the real names or workplaces of our clients. However, we can share a story that epitomizes our commitment to justice. Let’s call our client “Patrick,” a healthcare worker who faced termination after a positive marijuana test. Like many, Patrick used marijuana recreationally at home, never allowing it to impact his professional responsibilities.

When Patrick came to us, he was distraught, believing his career and reputation were irreparably damaged. Our Managing Attorney, Cynthia Pietrucha, took on the case with the expertise and tenacity that our clients have come to expect. Through a strategic telephone hearing, she demonstrated that Patrick’s off-duty conduct had no bearing on his job performance and that there was no deliberate violation of workplace policy.

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) agreed. The decision to terminate Patrick was overturned, and he was granted the unemployment benefits he rightfully deserved. This victory not only restored Patrick’s professional dignity but also reinforced the rights of responsible marijuana users across the state.

How Pietrucha Law Firm Can Defend You

At Pietrucha Law Firm, LLC, we understand the complexities of employment law as it intersects with Illinois’ evolving stance on marijuana. If you’ve been unjustly fired for a positive marijuana test, we’re here to defend your rights and fight to secure your benefits. Our firm is adept at navigating the unemployment benefits system, ensuring that your case is heard and that justice prevails.

We take pride in our ability to conduct thorough and effective telephone hearings, a skill that saves you time and stress while delivering results. Our approach is tailored, empathetic, and relentless because we believe in your right to fair treatment.

Your Next Step Towards Justice

If you’re looking for a law firm that combines passionate advocacy with a deep understanding of employment and marijuana laws, you’ve found it. Visit our website at to learn more about how we can help you. Let’s make your case a part of our winning streak.

Don’t let a positive marijuana test derail your career. Reach out to us today, and let’s work together to protect your rights and benefits. With Pietrucha Law Firm, LLC, you have a legal ally ready to stand by you and fight for you.

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