Lawmaker Looks to Allow Employers to Discriminate Against Smokers

FRANKFORT, Ky.

One Kentucky lawmaker is looking to allow employers to discriminate against smokers after prefiling a bill.

Sen. John Schickel, R – Union, is looking to remove protections against employment discrimination based on whether a worker is a smoker in a prefiled bill for the 2019 Regular Session.

KRS 344.040 currently lists smokers as protected from discrimination along with race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age 40 and over or because the person is a qualified individual with a disability.

This will allow employers to lawfully refuse to hire or terminate a person who smokes.

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State law already allows for stop-smoking incentives and a difference in employee contributions for smokers.

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