Job Protection Debated

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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  • by Dick Location: Eaton Rapids on Jun 19, 2007 at 04:34 PM
    The question of whether an employer should be able to fire a worker for off work activities that are legal is dependent on the employment rules that were in effect at the time of hiring. If an employer makes it clear that certain activities are forbidden , for example, because they would cause the employer a higher cost of employing that person, eg., a smoker versus a nono-smoker. However, if the employer decides to make a change in the employment rules at a later date, then I think it is out of line and should not be allowed.
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