According to a latest statement by Fairfax County Attorney David Bobzien, Fairfax can lawfully force its employees to register for smoking cessation classes.
The people functioning as “Fairfax County Board of Supervisors”, were looking for an answer to whether they were capable of persuading county employees to quit smoking.
The Board of supervisors were also keen to know if to reduce the country’s increasing healthcare expenditure, they could decline to hire a person addicted to smoking.
According to David Bobzien, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors can’t reject to employ someone on the basis that the person is addicted to smoking. He states that it is directly prevented by state law. David Bobzien adds that the county may force its employees to opt for quit smoking classes just like it may need its workers to get training on other subjects. But it can’t force them to pass the classes and stop smoking.
David Bobzien reveals that the state law of Fairfax County prohibits the County Board from forbidding smoking on county property and also restrains it from controlling the dangerous behaviour of employees.
Source: http://washingtonexaminer.com/, dated 8th December 2012