An Updated View: Should Smokers be a Protected Category?

In April 2013 I first wrote this post which appears below, though now with revisions. The reason for this revised version is found in an article by legal writer and attorney Tiffany Robertson of WeComply. In her article she asked the question Is Refusing to Hire Smokers Workplace Discrimination? Robertson points out that the ACLU …

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Should Smokers be a Protected Category?

  I am writing a contrarian opinion to my own personal point of view. I personally think that employers should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers. I think businesses benefit in several ways from not having smokers on their payrolls in terms of healthcare costs, increased productivity and improved employee relations. But this article, …

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