Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about smoking discrimination:
I work in a unionized shop with four different departments. Three of the four are allowed to go for a so-called (smoke) washroom break in a designated location. I’m going to be receiving counseling for smoking on Monday. Is this clearly a case of harassment if our department isn’t allowed to go on smoke breaks? I already know what the company is trying to do. They will counsel me, and I’ll say discrimination. Then, the company will say no smoke breaks on your washroom breaks, the only time allowed for a smoke will be on your 15 and 1/2 hour paid breaks.