Gannon says her ban on hiring smokers won’t extend to other legal but unhealthy private behaviors
by George Bennett | October 5th, 2009
Gannon: Smokers need not apply
Those who smoke — even in the privacy of their own homes — have been declared personae non gratae
in Tax Collector Anne Gannon’s office. Citing health insurance costs, Gannon is no longer hiring anyone who admits using tobacco products in the past year. Current employees who smoke must quit or pay up to 20 percent higher premiums.
Kogan: Slippery slope?
When the Florida Supreme Court upheld a similar hiring ban in 1995, then-Justice Gerald Kogan dissented, saying he feared such policies would create a “slippery slope” in which employers would have leeway to grill employees about other private, legal behaviors.
Gannon says that won’t happen in her office. Read about here it in this week’s Politics column.
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