Stephanie Cannon: I Was Fired For Smoking At Home
by Vanessa Lea | on July 28, 2012
Now, I don’t condone smoking or any unhealthy lifestyle but I do support the right to not be enslaved in my personal life or allow outside entities like employers to dictate what I can and cannot do on my own time.
There’s nothing smellier than the remnants of stale cigarette smoke on someone’s person, I get that. It’s not pleasant to be around. When you have to work with someone day in and day out or you have to be around them as a client or a patient, it can be overwhelming. But, as an employer, where do you draw the line and the law for the standards that you implement within your company?
If you are dependent on someone else for a paycheck, you are entrapped into a situation where everything you do, right or wrong, is subject to scrutiny. Your freedom could be compromised based on the beliefs and morals of someone else for your own livelihood.
For the most part, we all accept it for what it is unless it just becomes too much of a detriment to your ego, pride, or values to put up with.
EVERYONE HAS CHOICES!
Here is one such story of woman who lost her job because of what she did “off the clock”. You be the judge:
The Huffington Post | By James Sunshine Posted: 07/27/2012 11:50 am Updated: 07/27/2012 1:36 pm
Stephanie Cannon was fired from her job as a receptionist at the Frauenshuh Cancer Center of Park Nicollet Health Services on the grounds that she smelled like smoke at work, KSTP-TV reports. Cannon is a regular, pack-a-day smoker, but she told the local ABC affiliate that she never brought her habit with her to work.
Six weeks into her job, Cannon’s boss told her she could no longer show up to work smelling like smoke. Despite efforts to eliminate the smell from her clothing — which she claims included bagging and spraying her clothing with air freshener before work — the stench just wouldn’t go away, and the hospital let her go.
So called “third-hand smoke,” or the residue that remains on smokers’ hair and clothing, has been shown to put infants and children that come in contact with it at risk, according to The New York Times.
Cannon isn’t the only person to find herself out of a job for smoking in the privacy of her own home. Three EVAC paramedics in Volusia County, Florida, were fired last year after they were found in violation of the county’s anti-nicotine policy, The Daytona Beach News-Journal report.
Many employers may not go so far as to fire their workers who smoke, but they can be penalized in other ways. Companies are increasingly requiring that employees who smoke, have high cholesterol or are overweight pay more for their health care, according to The NYT. In Michigan, several hospitals have recently started not offering a job to applicants who smoke or chew tobacco, according to MLive.
Local and state ordinances have made smoking in public places an increasingly rare spectacle too. Twenty-five states have placed a full ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces, the Orlando Sentinel reports. And 10 more states ban smoking in one of those three locations.
No state, however, bans smoking in the home for private-sector employees and Cannon told KTSP that she’s speaking to an attorney. “What I do in my home or outside of work when I’m not punching into that little clock is what my business,” she says. “I shouldn’t have to be made like I’m a leper.”
Now, you may not have a story as controversial as Stephanie but if you’ve ever been fired from a job for what you believe is a “stupid reason”, I want to hear from you.
Then, I want you to open up your mind and listen to what I have to say:
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