Security Guard Allegedly Fired For Blowing Whistle On Musicians' Drug Use

Universal Music Group drug use
Universal Music Group drug use

In California, it's legal to use marijuana for medical reasons, but smoking pot is still very much illegal in offices in that state. A security guard filed a lawsuit last week against Universal Music Publishing Group, claiming that it has been "infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and openly used in common areas," says The Hollywood Reporter.

The guard, who filed the suit anonymously, claimed that celebrities visited the offices with "drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she refused," and that her superiors turned "a blind eye," the trade paper reports. The guard, who described herself in the suit as a 41-year-old African-American woman, is suing Universal Music Publishing Group-owned UPMG; her employer, Universal Protection Services; the building's management and others, alleging a hostile work environment and wrongful termination. She claims that she was effectively fired -- by being banned from the premises -- after she filed written complaints alleging the illegal activity.