A textile company is asking a Rhode Island judge to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit filed by a graduate student who alleges she was denied a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat migraine headaches.
Lawyers for Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. and its parent firm, the Moore Company, are scheduled to appear Tuesday in Providence Superior Court.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Christine Callaghan, says her case is based on strong legal grounds. The ACLU believes it's the first lawsuit of its kind in the state.
The complaint says the University of Rhode Island student negotiated a paid internship with Darlington Fabrics but lost it after disclosing she held a medical marijuana card.
Callaghan is seeking a jury trial.