Flint, Mich., Employer Bans The Hiring Of Smokers

Flint Michigan hiring smokers ban

It's been challenging for job hunters in Flint, as the Michigan city faced an official unemployment rate of 15 percent at the peak of the recession. But now it's gotten just a little bit tougher -- at least for smokers, as McLaren Health Care instituted a no-nicotine policy for job applicants, according to MLive.com.

As of Feb. 1, all new applicants at the Flint-based corporation will be tested for nicotine as part of the normal drug-screening process. "We have a responsibility to the community and our employees to take a leadership role in promoting healthy behavior," said Rachelle Hulett, vice president of human resources at McLaren in a written statement. The managed-care provider, which already had a ban on smoking on its premises, now also will not hire workers who are still using nicotine patches.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, 19 percent of American adults smoked in 2010, and increasingly, employers are refusing to hire smokers -- as smokers tend to incur higher medical costs. In October, the city of Del Ray Beach, Fla., banned the hiring of smokers, joining several other local governments in that state. While the American Civil Liberties Union has opposed such hiring bans, saying that it is "lifestyle discrimination," the Florida Supreme Court has upheld the right of an employer not to hire smokers.

In Michigan, several health care facilities have banned the hiring of smokers, according to MLive.com, and given that it is an at-will state, in which employers can fire workers for any reason, the ban is legal.

According to CDC statistics, smokers in the United States tend to be less educated and have lower income, and so a hiring ban is likely to hit this group hard. Forty-five percent of Americans with a GED smoke, compared to just 6 percent of those with a post-grad degree.


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spider

i smoked for 41 years i stopped 10 years ago. smelling cigarette smoke stinks but this is going too far.. if they can lump nicotine with other\ drugs and do tests for it then they ought to arrest tobacco makers as drug pushers

February 18 2014 at 7:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
joebitesmebiden

What about stop manufacturing them and stop selling them, plain and simple!

February 18 2014 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
abourge458

McLaren Health should not hire any "High Risk" workers.

Things will be a LOT different in there once they eliminate :
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MEMO: No-hire list.
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Cigarette smokers/nicotine users.
Alcohol users. Zero tolerance.
Anybody who is, or recently has been, more than 20 pounds overweight. ( No yo-yo dieters)
Snowmobile/ATV users.
Anybody with a trampoline in their yard. H.R. will visit to ensure.
Anyone who has EVER smoked pot. ( They've shown poor decision making right?)
Anyone who has ever used illegal drugs. EVER! ( Addictive behavior doesn't just go away does it?.)
Rollerbladers.
Skiers. (Including water ski)
Hunters
Folks with pools in their yards unless manned by a 24/7 security system company.
Also those who swim in salt water. "Jaws?" Drownings? Duh?
People with depression, even under Dr care. ( Might be illegal. Find a fake reason to fire)
Anyone who drives. ( Tens of thousands of these die young every year.)
Gun owners. ( C'mon, "If I need my gun in an emergency...Trigger lock,Safe will hinder me" is a Mantra.)
Motorcycle riders.
Anybody that has a ladder over 3 feet in their house. (1 foot if there are children/dependants living there.)
Anybody on Facebook ( Stalker concern, and too many other risks to list.)
Anybody who has Heart attacks, cancer, high blood pressure in their family History. Heck, throw in leprosy too. And whooping cough.
Karaoke Singers (Not really a big risk but: Personal reasons. Don't ask)
Anyone who owns power tools. Includes ALL types of Mowers.)
Anyone whose home has more than one floor, unless there are no porches and BARS on every window)

Note: Above is only a short sample. See other side for the more complete list.
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YUP...Their health care premiums will be low, low, low... For the TWO people that passed the list.

February 08 2013 at 1:10 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
quietfishin357

try that **** to a union member the union would sue ass.

February 07 2013 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christopher Z. Block

damn m-f'ers. getting sick and tired of people being treated like war criminals for smoking.

February 07 2013 at 10:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
movies

God I hope they get hit with a giant lawsuit lose and go bankrupt I am so god dam tired of politicians and corporate america trying to tell people what they can and can't do with their own bodies. Your dam insurance companies make billions of dollars and pay out roughly 3% in claims whats wrong with this picture.

February 07 2013 at 10:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
doyle2104

I would think that this policy is both deflamation and decremination.

February 07 2013 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jacqueline

smokers smell -

February 07 2013 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pamiss45

I just made a decision - I will buy no car made in Flint. Michigan. I bet they hire: obese, overweight, people with high cholesterol and meat-eaters. Meat-eaters (beef) have higher incidence of heart attack from cholesterol filled arteries and higher incidence of colon cancer. A lot of diabetics are because of what they eat. Obesity we pay dearly for in high blood pressure, stomach stapling, weight loss programs, heart problems. Obesity has been linked to certain cancers.
They should be sued for discrimination. Unless they stop hiring ALL high risk groups they are being allowed to practice discrimination.

February 07 2013 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
siteorg

They should really check for people who drink also. They are the ones who will hurt others and themselves.

February 07 2013 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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