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Welcome back to happy hour every one time -- for the diamond district well you want job at one major hospital.
Yet gonna have to quit smoking and not just while you're on the clock.
Saint Luke's hospital -- in Pennsylvania it is going to start screening prospective employees.
Are smoke it.
So -- your future employer have a say in what you're doing even at home.
Here to delve into this hot topic is Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin -- thought that there can't say he would so long wait to have you back -- -- be out work.
Great to -- here that everybody on FaceBook -- talking about this one this hospital saying look you know if you apply for a job here.
-- -- -- It's similar to when they do drug testing and test for me thinking -- -- -- told you how amazing it -- Pennsylvania because Pennsylvania has a -- basically says look if you smoke.
You're not going to be protected here it's -- what's called a lifestyle discrimination a lot of push back on the -- that we -- when you said earlier.
Because people see women unspoken in my own free time not smoking in the office of not smoking in the building not -- like -- and a isn't home.
I'm willing to work why is that an -- in it's a -- Sox this is exactly right but.
Pennsylvania fed does not have that that data for the protection -- other states -- South Carolina being one New Jersey have a smoking outright -- of course I I -- well the tobacco states -- -- smoking -- discrimination law but not in Pennsylvania now have any of these -- ever been challenged and if so what was the outcome I mean have they been upheld -- -- go all way to the Supreme Court that's a great question it has it has been challenged because a lot of mental.
All the other coworkers -- -- I'm actually subsidizing this discipline because number one -- outboard their sick after they have.
Later -- that they're sick out much more than we are because I'm not a smoker yeah.
So why should I then work a little harder substitute for the work they haven't done and even paid later premiums because as you know companies.
Have they premium package.
Would their employees and it all depends almost questionnaires means something because -- the insurance company -- how much they want to charge the company how many smoke is not -- at this point increase of premium.
Those nonsmokers are paying for.
In it is fact that we were looking at some of the researching and I mean -- people who smoke they cost.
The insurance companies didn't vis a vis the employers a lot more.
I mean that this one here says 2200.
An extra medical expenses per year and that was back in 2004 that we know how much.
That has gone up so I mean in some.
Waves there is a legitimate reason for an employer to say -- -- this is an issue of my.
But Mercedes where does it it stop -- where do you draw the line again they say well we also want to check your sugar level.
And you know -- eating too many Swedes -- your wife cholesterol level leave then you know you're eating and going to the fast food restaurants too much that's a great.
Point does that put a lot of folks are saying they're up in arms about this -- talking about the slippery slope here because where will it stop that he cannot protect these individuals from doing these activities outside.
What about if there's a political issue but I'm -- belong to political group now I can't work here because suddenly my ideology doesn't conform to yours.
It can continue that way.
But the state that have these discuss these smokers rights discrimination laws they say.
That's because we find -- be that if they have a right to do this outside of work that states like Pennsylvania they have a Clean Air Act and it says we're not -- best.
The error with your smoke so that's why there's -- even a greater push against now.
I mean I think it's found shocking to a lot of people because it is something so new -- it is a legal substance -- you know I guess you you can.
-- -- that are liking it too drunk.
Stupid drug screening -- -- you know some companies require you to undergo a drug test.
But but again the huge difference there is that they're testing for illegal substances like yep prescription medication -- it's legal it's a prescription.
In smoking for legal in this country that that's what -- fine.
I find it hard to distinguish and I think a lot of a lot of companies -- absenteeism among smokers is far greater.
So it really has a legitimate basis to stop these these smokers from working in the establishment.
That's part of the reason absenteeism and his big way out it that they that is true because I do see my coworkers -- smoke.
Always that's not all of my employees -- I yeah I know it communicates well and didn't see they did they you have half profit thank god love it thank our right to.
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