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Can employers refuse to hire a applicants for their
tobacco use? In most states, the answer is "yes." Unless the candidate is applying
for a job in a State with a "smokers'-rights statute," an employer can
refuse to hire candidates who smoke.
According to the Texas Employment
Law Update, that's exactly what one of North Texas' largest employers has
announced it will do. Baylor Health Care Systems announced that it will not
hire or consider for hire any candidate who uses any nicotine product. This is
additional evidence of a continuing
trend in health care.
Whirlpool of Excitement about Rights of Employees Who Smoke
Quits Its Smoking-Penalty Policy
Employers & Smoking Employees--Part 1
Employers & Smoking Employees--Part 2
Employers & Smoking Employees--Part 3
Employers & Smoking Employees--Part 4
Read more Labor and Employment Law insights
from Margaret (Molly) DiBianca in the Delaware
Employment Law Blog. Ms. DiBianca is an attorney with
Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.
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