Thursday, June 9, 2011

Where there's smoke, there's firing

You see it in the want ads—no smokers. Apparently, this is a legal way to get around hiring people who might—statistically—cost more for health coverage.

Some companies offer quitting programs. Most make employees who smoke pay more for insurance.

Companies also test for tobacco—in the same way they test for drugs.

In a case at the Pentagon, a woman was fired because the designated smoking area was so far away it took her 30 minutes each way to walk to it—which interfered with her productivity.

Do you ever wish people would just butt out?

My daughter smokes. I wish she didn't. But should it mold her whole life? It's legal.

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