Say you find out that your sales manager is dating the marketing director of your biggest competitor. Or that your cashier has a bottle-of-scotch-a-day drinking habit after work. Can you fire these workers, or at least ask them to change their behavior?
In recent years, employers' attempts to regulate workers' activities during their off-duty hours has become a hot issue. The issue pits employers, who want highly productive workers and low insurance costs, against employees, who claim any restrictions amount to "lifestyle discrimination."
The issue sparked up again recently thanks to a University of California, Berkeley, study that says employees who consume 10 or more alcoholic drinks in a week are more likely to file workers' comp claims.
28 states handcuff employers
Employers often have legitimate reasons for punishing or firing workers for illegal off-duty behavior, especially if it's related to their jo...(register to read more)