Bill would allow employers to discriminate against smokers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A state senator in Kentucky says companies should be allowed to discriminate against people who smoke.

Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union pre-filed his proposal this week. The bill would remove smokers from the protected classes outlined in Kentucky’s employment anti-discrimination law and allow employers to lawfully refuse to hire or terminate people who smoke.

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Currently, state law protects smokers as long as the employee “complies with any workplace policy concerning smoking.” State law allows employers to offer stop-smoking incentives and a difference in employee contributions to an employer-sponsored health plan for smokers.

Schickel says smokers should not be a protected class.

The bill has not yet advanced in the Senate.

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11/17/2018 10:57:29 AM (GMT -5:00)

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