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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Pot-smoking workers may get jobs back

Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON -- Anheuser-Busch may have to reinstate several workers fired for smoking pot at work because the company used hidden cameras without informing the employees' union, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The brewer fired five workers in 1998 after hidden cameras showed them smoking marijuana at one of its St. Louis brewing facilities.

Seven other workers, observed sleeping or urinating on the building's roof, had to sign agreements saying they could be fired for any further violation of company rules.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a finding that the brewer committed an unfair labor practice when it installed the cameras before bargaining with the union as required under federal labor laws.


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