In Arkansas, the Benton county government disciplines workers with “unhealthy” traits. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, all reasons to discipline employees.
In Los Angeles, the city government is refusing to allow any new fast food restaurants to open. they claim that they will only allow “health food” eateries and grocery stores.
In Florida, one company is FIRING employees who smoke, are overweight, or who drink. This applies even to employees who smoke or drink outside of working hours.
That’s right- if you are overweight, drink, smoke, or have any number of other unhealthy problems or lifestyle, you can be disciplined or fired.
Now don’t get me wrong- if the employer wants to prohibit activities like drinking, eating, and smoking while employees are on the clock, that is certainly his prerogative. However, telling employees that they must be healthy, abstain from certain activities, and work out places tehm employee back on the clock, in my opinion. Are these employers going to pay their employees to work out? Or is this a scheme to get rid of older employees, thus legitimizing age discrimination?
After all, younger, less experienced workers are paid less, but are healthier. It is illegal to age discriminate, but “health” discrimination is totally legal.
Or is this a side effect of the planned “Hillarycare” mandatory employer insurance that is soon to be forced upon us?
DISCLAIMER: I am not a user of tobacco products, I do not drink, I am perhaps 30 pounds overweight, and I have high blood pressure (a hereditary condition that is being controlled by medication).