Where there's smoke, no hires
Q. We're hiring a new team member. Can we specify "no smokers" in our classified ad?
A general guideline: Your hiring policies shouldn't include any specific requirements that target a protected class. "In my home state of Washington, protected class issues are race, color, creed, nationality, disability, age if older than 40, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, retaliation—such as in the cases of whistleblowers—HIV, or hepatitis C," Dr. Salzsieder says. "Your state may have the same protected groups or a few less."