Jack Kowalski won’t hire smokers.
He claims he hasn’t hired one in 30 years, and he’s proud of that fact.
“I’m not hiring anybody in my organization that leaves work and goes home and smokes. I’m not going to do it,” the white-water tour operator told the National Post’s Tom Blackwell in an interview HERE. Kowalski runs Jet Boating Montreal on the Lachine rapids, and is involved in two other water-based businesses.
When he comes across an applicant who is the perfect fit for a job, but enjoys smoking in their off time, he’ll tell them to reapply after they’ve quit.
One employee, a smoker named Roger who was desperate to get a job with Jack, actually quit just to get hired. He even went so far as to sign a contract that would force him to resign his position if he took up the habit again.
Is Jack’s approach legal?
Labour law experts suggest that smoking is an addiction, and is legally considered a disability, which means refusing to hire a smoker could be viewed as a discrimination. Employers can discourage tobacco use via other means that don’t involve a total ban on smoking.
Do you support this business operator’s decision to deny job applicants who smoke?
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