Thursday, March 03, 2005

Terrifying, Yet Frighteningly Understandable

Smokers need not apply at Weyco, according to Newsweek.

Howard Weyers, the founder and CEO of the Michigan-based health-benefits-management company, attracted a lot of media attention—and the ire of workers’ advocates—when he let go four employees recently after they refused to stop smoking. Civil-rights activists accused the company of discrimination, arguing that Weyers was punishing workers for engaging in a legal activity on their own time.
While I can understand why companies could be motivated to do this, I would fear it too. I'm someone who would be targeted because of obesity. Too, with height/weight charts being what they are, who knows what to believe, really. Food for thought.

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