Some companies not only ban smoking, but smokers.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have laws that protect smokers, but Washington state does not.
One more hurdle for job seekers is that some companies are now looking at not only banning smoking on company grounds, but smokers themselves.
USA Today reported Friday that more employers, in particular hospitals and health care organizations, are starting to impose bans on smokers. And how do these employers know if you smoke or not? Simple – they conduct a urine test and, along with testing for any other drugs the company prohibits, they test for nicotine.
Baylor Health Care System in Texas instituted the policy this month and the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio, will institute the police when the business opens later this year.
While companies argue that such a move is meant to encourage better health practice and reduce health insurance premiums, the policy is causing some to cry foul – even those in the public health community – since smoking and purchasing tobacco is legal.
Another issue is that urine tests will show employers if potential employees not only smoke but if they chew tobacco, or use such smoking-cessation devices as the patch.
One blogger, Wesley Smith, went so far as to call the move to ban smokers from jobs “social fascism.”Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times