Friday, June 29, 2007
Smokers Need Not Apply: The Cleveland Clinic, leader in health mandates, has announced it will no longer hire smokers. How long before they announce they won't hire fat people?
posted by Sydney on
6/29/2007 07:53:00 AM
I frankly can't believe this is legal.
Smoking has nothing whatsoever to do with job performance, it's legal, and these potential employees are doing it on their off hours. If smokers cost the CC more due to higher health care costs, then raise their premiums (that's probably been done, though).
This is extremely creepy.
"Smoking has nothing whatsoever to do with job performance ..."
Most patients would prefer not to have an open sewer breathing on them.
When they get around to not hiring stupid people, it will be news.
One of my clients is a Danish pharmaceutical company in Tokyo. They have rejected other-wise fully qualified clinal development candidates I have introduced because of smoking.
Reasons given: Does not fit with the mission and ethics of the company; other employees do not want the odor on both the breath and clothes of a smoking colleague around them; productivity is significantly less in that a moderately heavy smoker will average 15 minutes per smoke break outside the office. Do the numbers over a year.
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