Florida Companies Forbid Smoking In Private Lives
Posted by bmac on November 9, 2007
One of the issues I blog a lot about, is smoking bans. It’s a big thing for me, but not because I smoke. It’s a big thing for me because the destruction of personal freedoms is a big thing. Once smoking has been demonized to such an extent that you may now be fired for it, we got some problems.
Westgate Resorts, the largest private employer in Central Florida, has banned smoking and won’t budge from a policy of not hiring smokers and firing employees who do smoke.
“When I found out it was legal to discriminate against smokers, I put the policy in place,” Westgate president and CEO David Seigel said.
Seigel told Local 6 that the policy was prompted by the death of his close friend — a heavy smoker who died of cancer.
What if his friend died in a car accident? Would he be able to fire you for driving a car? How about if he died choking on a Big Mac? How about Aids? Old age?
Look, I know an employer can fire you, or not hire you for whatever reason he see’s fit, but this is a dangerous road to go down.
Vilifying smokers is easy, but beware, because it won’t stop with smokers. Once we’re all in a nice smoke free environment, they’ll begin to focus on the fact that you eat Taco Bell every day for lunch, or maybe a co-worker saw you at a bar having a shot of tequila, and deem you an alcoholic, or maybe you get a speeding ticket, and are now a risky driver, can’t hire you.
Just think about it. It’s not about smoking.