It’s technically discrimination, but more and more job ads are cropping up telling smokers they need not apply for work. And they’re not just jobs in the health industry, either. They’re for positions as receptionists, disability workers, drivers, personal trainers.
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 said.
It’s led to arguments about smokers’ productivity in the workplace. So, where do you stand?
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