ATLANTA — Native individuals who drank a natural tea that’s supposed to assist with weight reduction informed Channel 2 Motion Information it brought about them to lose their jobs by failing a drug take a look at.
Complete Life Modifications (TLC) makes a raspberry lemonade Iaso tea that claimed it contained zero p.c THC on the label.
Girls informed Channel 2 Motion Information they thought that they had nothing to fret about till they took a drug take a look at.
“I had lastly landed the dream job,” mentioned Kim Agnew-Edwards of School Park. She labored within the airline business for 20 years and at last landed a job with Delta Airways.
“I used to be on high of the clouds,” mentioned Agnew-Edwards.
She was furloughed through the pandemic and began promoting TLC tea to make ends meet. The raspberry lemonade Iaso tea was widespread with individuals who needed to reduce weight.
Agnew-Edwards even began consuming it.
“I misplaced 20 kilos, so I used to be excited,” she mentioned.
Agnew-Edwards bought the decision to come back again to her previous job at Delta. However first, she needed to take a drug take a look at, and he or she failed it. “I virtually hung up on her. She bought the unsuitable quantity,” Agnew-Edwards mentioned. She examined constructive for marijuana. “I used to be like, this, actually no approach. I mentioned, ‘Ma’am I don’t smoke. I’m very well being acutely aware. That’s not one thing that I do,’” mentioned Agnew-Edwards.
She misplaced her dream job.
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“I used to be standing in my kitchen. My knees buckled. I used to be actually to the purpose of fainting,” mentioned Agnew-Edwards.
A member of the family confirmed her a narrative on the web site of our sister TV station in Charlotte about how the TLC raspberry lemonade tea could have brought about individuals to fail a drug take a look at. She considered the numerous different individuals who purchased the tea from her.
“Lot of feelings exploded in me. And by the night time, I used to be offended. And now, I’m able to struggle,” mentioned Agnew-Edwards.
She isn’t the one particular person to fail a drug take a look at after consuming the tea. “It’s greater than a dozen,” mentioned legal professional Kate Hollist, who’s representing D’etta Friday of Hickory, North Carolina.
Friday additionally drank the tea to reduce weight. She labored in a manufacturing facility, having moved off welfare and making an attempt to be a constructive affect for her two daughters.
After an accident at work, Friday took a drug take a look at, failed and misplaced her job. “I’m like, ‘Hear. I don’t do medication. I’m a minister. I do every kind of stuff for my group. I don’t do medication, and I’m an advocate in opposition to,’” mentioned Friday.
Our sister TV station in Charlotte, WSOC-TV, had an unbiased lab run checks on two samples to see if they contained THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes you excessive. Though the product label indicated there’s zero p.c THC, the lab discovered sufficient THC for somebody to fail a drug take a look at.
Hollist is submitting considered one of three class motion lawsuits in opposition to TLC.
“What we’re on the lookout for is each justice for these people who’ve been notably wronged — individuals like D’etta, who’ve misplaced their livelihoods,” mentioned Hollist.
The category motion lawsuit additionally consists of individuals who purchased the tea considering it had zero p.c THC.
Channel 2 requested TLC for an interview and acquired this assertion:
“We’re within the means of studying extra of the related info. We’re not but able to remark extra totally.”
TLC eliminated the zero p.c THC from the new packaging. However a Channel 2 producer ordered the raspberry tea nonetheless labeled zero p.c THC from a TLC most popular buyer in March.
Agnew-Edwards mentioned she nonetheless sells TLC merchandise to make ends meet, however she refuses to promote the raspberry tea. “I received’t give it to anyone. Not a soul. I received’t sprinkle it in my grass,” mentioned Agnew-Edwards.
Our sister TV station in Dayton, Ohio, observed the zero p.c THC is again on the packaging. However the raspberry tea is now not being bought on the TLC web site within the U.S. Nevertheless, some people and web sites are nonetheless promoting the raspberry tea.