Off Duty Smoking Essay

762 Words Jul 14th, 2013 4 Pages
Off-Duty Smoking
1. Was Rob’s choice justified? Why or why not?
No, I don’t think Rob’s choice was justified. Rob did not hire this person because she was a smoker nor because she was less qualified. His reason for hiring her was, “Rob had to go with soft reasons. Cathy was a smoker. Rob didn’t like smoking – he considered it disgusting and a sign of weakness of character.” I feel as though Rob was being discriminative towards her. If Rob would have not hired Cathy because of something that she had said during the interview or because Jen had a few more “achievements” that stood out, then it would have been perfectly fine. He shouldn’t have judged her on smoking when both resumes were just alike and both interviews went well.
2. Is it
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There are people that abuse their “smoking privileges”. I personally hate smoking but as long as they don’t abuse their privileges on “smoking breaks” I would be okay with it. I can’t discriminate against anyone, because I know there are habits of my own that some people I’m sure hate as well.
Then of course, the biggest question of all comes up: What about the people that don’t smoke? A smoker takes a five minute “smoke break”, while a non-smoker also is allowed a five minute “smoke break”. Everyone should be treated equally, with no exceptions.
4. Should employers be free not to hire employees whose personal behaviors are considered high risk?
There is a difference between “high risk personal behaviors” and “personal behaviors that slow productivity”. High risk personal behaviors could range from: smoking to texting while driving. Personal behaviors are irrelevant as long as an employee can remain efficient for the company he or she is working for. If an employee is not working to his or her greatest effectiveness, then a real and legitimist reason has risen as to why this person should not have been hired in the first place. The challenge is: picking and choosing which people applying for the position, will do a better job after they are hired.
5. Should employers be able to resist employee’s high risk behavior? Why or why not?
Putting a restriction on something is easy. Recommending and encouraging employees to not take part in these actions are the best