Fired for Smoking

Posted on July 21, 2006

A CBS News article on AOL discusses a Lansing, Michigan insurance called Weyco that actually fired some workers for being smokers. The workers had both been with the company for years.
But at a company benefits meeting two years ago, the company president announced, "As of January 1st, 2005, anyone that has nicotine in their body will be fired," Anita remembers. "And we sat there in awe. And I spoke out at that time. 'You can't do that to us.' And then he said, 'Yes, I can.' I said, 'That's not legal.' And he came back with, 'Yes, it is.'"
Workers were not allowed to smoke anywhere, including in their own home. Weyco gave employees 15 months to quite smoking and then subjected them to random nicotine testing. In the end the article says 20 workers who were smokers quit the habit while four workers that were unable to quit smoking were fired from Weyco.