No rights for smokers
The week's news at a glance.
The European Union said this week that its laws forbidding discrimination do not protect smokers. A British member of the European Parliament asked the E.U.s executive body to rule on a job listing for an Irish Web business that stipulated smokers need not apply. The E.U. said the ad was perfectly legal, as anti-discrimination laws cover only race, sex, sexual preference, and disability. The Web companys director, Philip Tobin, said he found that smokers made bad employees, as they were anti-social, smelly, and unhealthy. The ruling apparently clears the way for employers to fire workers who smoke, even if they dont light up in the workplace.