Nanny State: Fort Worth To Ban The Hiring Of Smokers?...

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    Man, what's going on in our Country? Why such a rush to ban everything? Don't we have enough restrictive & oppressive Laws already?


    Ever been to a local business and dealt with an employee that smelled like they bathed in cigarette ash? Well lucky for you, cities across the country may start to ban the hiring of smokers.

    The city of Fort Worth, Texas could soon become the first major American city to ban the hiring of smokers according to CBSDFW News. As part of Mayor Betsy Price’s goals, she aims to make Forth Worth a healthier city and has encouraged employees to find the best way to cut city costs.

    Attendees of a recent Fort Worth city council meeting were briefed on a proposal that would ban the hiring of people who use tobacco.

    City Manager Tom Higgins favors the proposal and believes it could help reduce city costs.

    “Overall I think there was a strong belief that not only does it provide financial benefits for us and our health insurance, but to work with employees to get in a smoking cessation plan and just not to encourage it by hiring additional people,” he said.

    The proposition faces a slippery legal slope.

    “What is it going to be next? Is it going to be refusing to hire people who consume alcohol?” said one skeptic.

    If the city decides to take action against smokers, it will be at least a month before a vote.


    Read more: Dallas Fort Worth | Employment | Tobacco | The Daily Caller
     
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    They could make the same argument about obese people too and I'm willing to bet that's down the road.

    That said, I don't have a problem with a private business incorporating this policy, but the government should not be allowed to discriminate.
     
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    I thought Fort Worth was a city?

    If a limited liability corporation were to decide not to hire smokers, you'd be jumping in to defend their rights, and I probably wouldn't give you any crap about it. Can a city government do the same? What do the taxpayers of Fort Worth think about the city trying to reduce costs?
     
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    Ban hiring of fat people, they always stink and far worse than alittle campfire smoke. And ugly people too, gross.
     
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    Any employer should decide not to hire smokers. Smokers are pooreer workers, sloppier in their habits, and are costly to ensure.
     
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    Not Fort Worth Texas!!

    And Betsy Price is a Republican too.

    What's going on here?
     
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    The question is, will Rick Perry now threaten to secede Texas from Fort Worth????
     
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    Many Republicans support the Big Government Nanny/Police State. There are no real differences between Socialists/Progressives & Neocons. They're both Big Government Globalists.
     
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    Where does it end? We're not going to hire anyone who eats at a fast food place more that twice a month? If your body fat count is too high? IMHO, I can undersatnd banning smoking while at work but not on ones personal time.
     
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    Yeah, Corporations and Government are encroaching more & more into Citizens' private personal lives. It's a very disturbing trend. It should be of great concern to all Americans. It doesn't matter which Polical Party you cheerlead for.
     

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