Job Protection Debated

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State lawmakers are debating legislation that would protect workers from getting fired, or not being hired, for what they do on their own time as long as it's legal.

The issue first came up two years ago when four workers lost their jobs at a Lansing-area business because they did not quit smoking outside of work.

Democrats at the House Labor Committee hearing today said firing someone for legal behavior is wrong.

Other bills in the Democratic package would prohibit employers from basing employment decisions on body type, physical fitness, credit history or family health history.

Republicans questioned the purpose of some of the bills, saying there no real-world examples of people not getting a job because of their family's health history.

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