Sunday, February 13, 2011
Employers getting pickier about off-duty smokers, other medical lifestyle issues
Jessica Wertling has an “All Media NY” story today about the fact that more employers are refusing to hire people who smoke at all, partly because of concerns over health care costs. The link is here.
There is concern over a slippery slope. If employers can refuse to hire people over using a legal substance at home, they could reject people for other reasons like obesity, high cholesterol or high blood sugar, unsafe sex, and the like. They could use Facebook or other sources to look for evidence. Many of them probably do.
Yet, of course, libertarians have always supported the “employment at will” concept.
A version of the story appeared on AOL this morning, but disappeared.