Thursday, January 27, 2005

Holy shit

I'd never known I'd see an article that would make me feel like smoking a cigarette.

Weyco Inc., a company in Michigan, now bans its employees from smoking both at work and at home. Yeah, and they have mandatory breath testing, too.

The founder and owner, who is some sort of a health nut, would like to fire overweight workers too, but the damn buggers are legally protected, so he has to resort to just hiring an eating disorder therapist and eating coaches. Smokers aren't legally protected. In many states they are, but Michigan is not one of them.

Weyco Inc. is not the only one: Kalamazoo Valley Community College does not hire smokers for full-time jobs, but at least they just ask, they don't test. Not that you'd want a college with a name like that on your resume anyway.

The employers are saying that state and federal laws prevent discrimination based on age, race, color, gender, marital status, national origin, weight, height and religion. Everything else is all right then. Discrimination by penis length, anyone?

What next, employers who try to ban eating shrimp and having sex doggie-style at home?

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