Ban on Employing Smokers is Unjust and the Start Down a Dangerous Path

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Thomas Losee

Katy Crane

Introduction to Academic Writing

7 April 2012

Ban on Employing Smokers is Unjust and the Start Down a Dangerous Path

There is a current trend in the USA for companies to ban hiring of tobacco users. Smoking is a personal life choice and therefore should not be a basis for employment credentials. If we allow one personal choice to be used against us in such manner, where does the line get drawn? Will companies be allowed to discriminate against fat people? Will they be allowed to discriminate based on the types of music a person listens to, I mean, if you listen to rap, you have violent tendencies and therefore are a greater risk of an assault case right? What about discriminating against someone that enjoys the outdoors, they could get a tan, and tans lead to skin cancer which in turn leads to higher insurance.

There is to much no man's land and a loss of to much individual freedom if we allow companies to base hiring policies on individual life decisions. The only possible solution is to close this Pandora's Box for good and introduce legislation protecting an individual's right to make personal lifestyle decisions without fear of affecting their employment status.

"Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)." (United States Department of Labor)

No fair and just minded individual can argue with this law. It makes perfect sense. An employee is hired for the work they do, and the value of that work. This law has been expanded...