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Colorado joined California, Montana, and Washington in allowing employers to fire employees who use marijuana, even if it's legal in the state, even if it's medical marijuana with a prescription, and even if it's off the clock.

The state Supreme Court ruled 5-1 that Dish Network was allowed to fire Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic telephone operator who used medical marijuana while he was off-duty to calm his violent muscle spasms, after he failed a random drug test.

For a night out, do you hire a neighborhood kid to be your babysitter? Or, do you hire the boy next door to mow your lawn? How much do you pay them?

Adults employed in the workforce enjoy certain protections such as minimum wages. Do kids get those same protections? If you occasionally hire a kid to babysit your child or mow your lawn, do you have to pay them minimum wage too?

Hot on the heels of John Oliver's evisceration of America's abysmal family leave benefits for new parents, Congress is trying to strengthen employment protections for some soon-to-be parents. A new, bipartisan bill would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees.

The new legislation comes in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling which said that employment policies that provide accommodations for disabled workers must do the same for pregnant workers. So how are pregnant employees protected now, and how might they be under the proposed new law?

Unionizing is something we used to only learn about in high school, but unions may be making a comeback. Gawker Media has become the first online only media outlet to have its employees unionize.

Gawker Media is the parent company of Jezebel, Deadspin, Gizmodo, Gawker and other gossip and news sites. Gawker Media employees recently voted to join the Writers Guild of America. The now unionized employees will begin the process of forming a bargaining committee and decide what to bargain for.

The media company is not alone in its efforts to unionize. Yesterday, Virgin America pilots have also voted to unionize. Virgin America was the last major U.S. airline with non-union pilots.

Every year, over 5,000 people die from on the job accidents and injuries. Nearly 50,000 die from exposure related illnesses, and over four million workers suffer non-fatal work related injuries and illnesses.

Work should not be dangerous. You're not a soldier. You didn't sign up to risk your life for your company. So, can you refuse to work in unsafe conditions?

There seems to be a new trend in minimum wage increases across the country.

Los Angeles is now the latest city to approve, in a 14-to-1 vote, increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Los Angeles follows in the footsteps of Seattle and San Francisco, which have already approved $15 minimum wages.

According to a report by the Society of Human Resources, 69 percent of employers conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates.

However, since there is no licensing requirement for background checking companies, errors occur all too often. Stories of people losing their job offers because of faulty background checks are not rare. In many of these cases, your rights as a job applicant are being violated.

So, what can you do if there are errors on your background check?

A jury in an infamous Silicon Valley sexual harassment case issued a partial verdict on Friday, clearing the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination. Ellen Pao, a former female partner at the firm, had claimed that she was not promoted because of her gender and that her working environment was hostile to women.

Pao also claimed the firm retaliated against her after she filed her suit against in 2012. The jury has yet to come to a consensus on the retaliation claim.

So you're leaving your job. Did you give your employer two weeks notice? (Or, did your employer give you two weeks notice?) What should you do next? The uncertainties of leaving a job extend to more than just "Where will I work next?"

If you're leaving your job, here are five legal reminders for your to-do list:

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing six cases in the last week of February. The cases touch on issues including alleged religious discrimination by a clothing store, performance bonuses from courts to attorneys, and whether a firearms offender can sell his confiscated guns.

If you like to keep an eye on the highest court in the land, this is what you have to look forward to: