Employers, avoid preferential treatment of non-smokers

If a prospective employee is rejected solely on the grounds of being a cigarette smoker, they may have grounds to file a human rights complaint, says Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall.

“The law is not entirely clear,” says Marshall, noting there’s no “one-size-fits-all policy” for such a situation.

A recent Toronto Star article discusses whether a company can refuse to hire a smoker, and says there’s no legislation that clearly states an employer can deny someone a job because they choose to smoke on their own time.

- See more at: http://advocatedaily.com/2014/03/employers-avoid-preferential-treatment-of-non-smokers/#sthash.YND6PpE9.dpuf

If a prospective employee is rejected solely on the grounds of being a cigarette smoker, they may have grounds to file a human rights complaint, says Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall.

“The law is not entirely clear,” says Marshall, noting there’s no “one-size-fits-all policy” for such a situation.

A recent Toronto Star article discusses whether a company can refuse to hire a smoker, and says there’s no legislation that clearly states an employer can deny someone a job because they choose to smoke on their own time.

- See more at: http://advocatedaily.com/2014/03/employers-avoid-preferential-treatment-of-non-smokers/#sthash.YND6PpE9.dpuf

If a prospective employee is rejected solely on the grounds of being a cigarette smoker, they may have grounds to file a human rights complaint, says Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall.

“The law is not entirely clear,” says Marshall, noting there’s no “one-size-fits-all policy” for such a situation.

A recent Toronto Star article discusses whether a company can refuse to hire a smoker, and says there’s no legislation that clearly states an employer can deny someone a job because they choose to smoke on their own time.

- See more at:  http://advocatedaily.com/2014/03/employers-avoid-preferential-treatment-of-non-smokers/

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