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RE: Quit Smoking or Quit Your Job, U.S. Company Says
While I understand you're concerned about the unfairness of some injuring themselves and expecting others to pick up the bill, the 'go die on your own dime' argument amounts to the regulation of employees behaviour outside the workplace. The ramifications are rather extensive: 'don't holiday in the tropics', 'don't drive a sports car', 'don't rock climb', 'don't canoe', 'don't hunt', 'don't ride a horse'. I find this unacceptable to the point that it easily counterbalances the extra cost to me of stupid people harming themselves deliberately and expecting me to pay for it.
And in any event, some 'risk' is intrinsic to the individual and so not really blameworthy. What happens when it is possible to predict life expectancy using a personal DNA scan? Discrimination in the workplace based on genetics? Genetic profiling is only a few years away. I don't know what the situation is in the US, but here it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender in the workplace, even though this is clearly genetic and leads to greater absence from work during childbearing years. Is having children a 'choice' like smoking, and so subject to an employer's judgement, or is it a 'right' and so none of their business? Here the law says the latter.