Jodi - posted on 05/10/2012 ( 305 moms have responded )
Smokers' job chances up in smoke
AAPMay 11, 2012, 6:03 am
Job chances for cigarette lovers may go up in smoke with online job ads specifying they need not apply.
The ads have sparked debate about personal choice, discrimination and protecting workers health and productivity, says the Herald Sun.
Jobs published online requesting non-smoking candidates range from drivers to personal trainers, publishers, disability workers and receptionists.
The move has met with mixed reactions, with anti-smoking groups saying employers, especially hospitals and health organisations, had the right not to employ smokers.
Acting Victorian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Karen Toohey said job advertisements must not discriminate.
"Stipulating smokers need not apply for a job may be against the law. Employers should not seek to exclude smokers from applying for a position, unless the need not to smoke is an inherent requirement of the role," she told the paper.
It’s led to arguments about smokers’ productivity in the workplace. So, where do you stand? Do you think smokers should NEVER be discriminated against for their choice? Would you be happy with, for example, your child's carer being a smoker? Or should it only become an issue if the smoker is taking more than an appropriate number of breaks to feed their addiction (ie. why should they have 10 minutes every hour, if others are only taking breaks every couple of hours, etc). Would you want your kids teacher to be a smoker? What about the nurse, midwife, doctor? So IS it okay to sometimes discriminate?