- An Erie resident, Zachary T. Spada, said in lawsuit that he had medical marijuana at Chipotle at 6611 Peach St. but did not use it while at work
- Chipotle fired him over violation of company policy, and Spada sued, claiming discrimination
- Though case settled, it touched on issues that have emerged since Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana more than seven years ago
In October, three weeks into his job at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on upper Peach Street in Summit Township, Erie resident Zachary T. Spada brought what he said was medical marijuana to work in his jacket. He said he got it via his medical marijuana card.
Chipotle fired him, saying that the presence of marijuana violated policy.
Spada sued Chipotle in a case that ended up in U.S. District Court in Erie.
Representing himself, Spada, 33, claimed that the California-based Chipotle chain discriminated against him based on his medical condition, which the suit said “requires him to use medical marijuana.”
Chipotle denied the claims, but settled the lawsuit with Spada three months after he filed it. U.S. District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter dismissed the case on Monday in light of the settlement.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed in court records, and Spada declined comment. Chipotle and its lawyers, in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, did not respond to requests for comment.
Medical marijuana and federal law
However much money Spada received, his case is another example of the legal issues that have arisen since Pennsylvania…