We combine our policy of not hiring smokers with a strong incentive program for smoking cessation. We offer a cash bonus as well as assistance in getting counseling, patches, and other smoking-cessation aids if an employee is discovered to be a smoker.
I don't think discrimination is a good thing. I am wholeheartedly against discrimination.
But I am also against the government enforcing standards of judgement.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Federal and state laws bar employers from turning down applicants or firing workers based on race, religion or gender. Some states have enacted laws offering similar protections for smokers. But experts say workers in nearly half the states, including California, have few legal options if employers decide to prohibit them from smoking outside the workplace.
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