Does an employer have a right not to hire a smoker?
Will or could it have an affect on their (companie’s) insurance costs?
Thanks for your help😍
Labor laws protect many kinds of individuals, but “smokers” aren’t a protected class. That means that yes, employers can choose to hire only non-smokers. Some do, not only because it can reduce their medical costs, but also because those who smoke (or vape) are known to take more frequent breaks. I don’t recommend a business discriminate against smokers — only that they manage their health care costs, onsite behaviors (no smoking except in designated areas) and break times accordingly.
Laura, HR Staff Writer
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