Employers With No-Smokers Policies Could Get Burned

Law360, New York (April 22, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT) -- A growing number of companies are refusing to hire smokers in an effort to save on health insurance costs, increase workplace efficiency or project a health-conscious image. But in most states, those policies are illegal, meaning companies that reject smokers could get burned, attorneys say.

In recent years, employers have begun touting wellness initiatives that target unhealthy lifestyle attributes like obesity and tobacco use. As part of those efforts, some companies, particularly in the health care industry, are rejecting job applicants who admit to smoking cigarettes...
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