A former employee of Ascend Wellness Holdings is suing the multi-state cannabis operator, claiming she was harassed and discriminated against by management because of her race and unfairly fired.
The ex-employee, who is Black, filed the lawsuit in Passaic County against Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc., its subsidiary New Jersey Management Group LLC, and two employees. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of harassment and discrimination during the woman’s time employed as a packaging associate at Ascend facilities over the course of approximately one year.
An attorney representing Ascend and its co-defendants did not respond to requests for comment.
In court documents, the defendants deny all allegations and claim to be “without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations.”
Ascend Wellness Holdings is a heavy hitter in New Jersey’s cannabis market and operates three stores — in Fort Lee, Rochelle Park and Montclair — selling medical and adult-use cannabis. The company has operations in four other states: Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts and Ohio, according to its website.