Michigan hospital which discriminates against smokers in employment does not even admit that it is discriminating, according to an article in the Detroit News.
According to the article: "Crittenton, which hires 200 to 250 new employees each year, feels confident its policy does not discriminate, Kapuscinski [Crittenton's director of marketing and communications] said. "Several courts have upheld there's no constitutional right to smoke," said Kapuscinski, who expects more Metro Detroit hospitals to follow Crittenton's lead. "We felt very comfortable that we were not discriminating." Crittenton is one of three Michigan hospitals that not only refuse to hire smokers, but will also not hire any applicant who uses nicotine in any form, including nicotine replacement therapy and electronic cigarettes. The other two are ProMedica Hospital (two different locations).
ProMedica Hospital's policy states that its purpose is to "foster a healthier work force, as well as to demonstrate to our patients and the community our strong commitment to health and wellness. ProMedica is asking our employees to model — and benefit from — the same healthy behaviors we promote to our patients and the community. Employee applicants are asked about the use of tobacco and nicotine replacement, and are screened for nicotine before they are hired. Applicants who declare use or screen positive for nicotine may reapply for a position after they have been tobacco/nicotine-free for 90 days."