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Can you fire an employee for smelling like tobacco smoke?

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Since 2007, when Minnesota’s Freedom to Breathe Act took effect, smoking has been banned in Minnesota workplaces. Now, new studies about the harmful effects of “third-hand smoke” have caused some employers to take their no-smoking policies to new heights.

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George April 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

What if the person who is fired is a non-smoker whose spouse is a smoker, and the employee comes to work smelling like smoke from someone else’s smoking? Couldn’t it then be argued that the law or work policy prohibits someone else’s rights? How can I be fired for someone else’s actions?


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