Do you think it legally right and proper for any Human Resources Manager holding job interviews to hire a new employee, to inquire about a candidate's smoking habits, and is it right for them to refuse you employment because you are a smoker?
Legally this sounds like discrimination. I could see there being an exception of the company currently employs someone allergic to smoke.
But fair and unfair aside, smokers are becoming second class citizens and there isn't much to be done about it.
I would agree. It would be interesting to see if the employer has a legal right to discriminate in such a manner or not.
I actually don't think this is discrimination *waits for gasps*
A company should not have to hire any employee with any substance abuse issues.
I believe that the only matter the employer should be concerned about is whether the applicant can do the job. Employees are usually on a 90 day trail; that's enough time to evaluate how dependable the employee is.
I don't think it is right, but they say it lowers their insurance rate. They won't hire you but there so many other things that are worst.
Hopefully that's not what it will take for me to quit. Trying, and it gets more and more trying everyday.
I think it depends on the job. If I was hiring someone to work face to face with the public I would not be hiring someone who was a smoker for a number of reasons. If you were working in the back of a warehouse stocking and unloading trucks, I could careless if my employee was a smoker. It's all about details.
Also I'm not sure how it could be discrimination. Being a smoker is not your ethnicity, religious preference or gender...it's an activity you par take in.
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