(Closed) Busted smoking, boss is pissed. Might lose job?

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: What should I do?
    Confront him, set better boundaries and keep on keeping on : (74 votes)
    83 %
    Quit the job. He is a bully. : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Pretend to quit, hide all evidence and let him think he won. : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Something else, I will explain... : (7 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    7426 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I don’t think you can be fired for smoking…

    Post # 4
    3680 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Why is this any of his business? As long as it’s not affecting your work performance, and you don’t work in a field like healthcare where smoke can be detrimental to patient health, I don’t see why this is a issue. Especially since your coworker also smokes.

    Post # 6
    5422 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    It’s none of his business nor concern if you smoke. 

    Post # 7
    2266 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I guess I’d go to HR for harassment. Things change. Sometimes people quit smoking. Sometimes people start up. Why does that matter? Are you a nurse?

    Post # 8
    5842 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Is smoking a hazard at your job? If these are just his personal feelings I would confront him about his behavior (which is completely unacceptable).

    Post # 9
    1123 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    He can not fire you over this I’m pretty sure. Although he can fire you if its being done on the clock. Also I’d suggest not doing so on work breaks as you WILL smell like smoke, something he may not want.

    He sounds like a real piece of work.

    You need to talk to him about this

    Post # 10
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    You contact HR because this is harassment.  If your place of employment has a no smoking rule  for the property, like many hospitals do, then you can’t smoke while at work, but he has absolutely no right to tell you what you can do on your own time. This is discrimination, and should be reported immediately.  

    Post # 11
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Yeah, it’s none of his business. If he’s trying to convince people to quit, yelling at them and throwing dramatic hissy fits about it sure as hell isn’t the way to go, stressful time in his life or not. Not professional AT ALL.

    Post # 14
    3682 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I don’t know what you can do about this, but my Father-In-Law worked at a place before where smoking was prohibited on the premises.  It was a health insurance company and he worked for them as a computer programmer.

    Post # 15
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    what kind of industry do you work in?

    Post # 16
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Because you are in a small office, I expect you may not have an HR department. Research your local labour laws and standards and print out the page that says employers cannot discriminate against smokers. Leave it on his desk!

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