(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

    Quit the job. He is a bully.

    Pretend to quit, hide all evidence and let him think he won.

    Something else, I will explain...

  • Post # 18
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    Yeah he can’t tell you what to do on your own time, but I’d avoid it while at work. You should explain to him that you didn’t when you started, but have been going through a lot of things that have made you start again. If he doesn’t back down, go to HR.

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee

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    @ciel:  I still don’t understand why this bothers him so much though. If the other person smokes, how does their smell not bother him??

    Post # 21
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    Honey bee

    Do you have a company handbook or anything you signed or were given when you first started working there?

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee

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    @ciel:  I’m not sure who you would talk to about this. Maybe a government office that’s in charge of the labor laws? I don’t understand why you can’t smoke but the other person can. 

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @ciel:  I see, what a strange law that you can have a smoking free workplace. As long as you’re not smoking inside, I don’t see why that should matter. I think it’s still discrimination. Can you call your labour board and ask them what they think? Is it fair that one lady is allowed to and you’re not? You were not smoking when you stated that on your application so that was not a lie. Your circumstances have simply changed.

    Post # 28
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If you are smoking on his property since he owns the company he is well within his rights to fire you.  I just would abstain from smoking at all during the work day. 

    Post # 29
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    If you live in an “at-will” state this could be a problem. I agree that it’s none of his business and if he was some guy on the street I’d tell him to politely eff off but hell, you need your job. (Or you don’t! :)) Get some febreeze for the mornings and apologize. Apologize while silently giving him a hemorrhoid with your mental powers of evil.

     

    This reminded me of this FML by the way:

    Today, I continued my habit of saying, “It smells like lung cancer over here” any time I see a smoker. This guy turned out to be an amateur MMA fighter, and I was his “workout” for the day. I guess his lungs are doing fine. FML

     

    Post # 31
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    This could be tied to insurance rates, as insurers charge more for smokers. My employer charges smokers an extra $50/pay period for insurance, and if your spouse is on the policy, it’s another $50/pay period for them, too. Small businesses feel the pain more because they can’t negotiate as good a group discount as big companies. So perhaps that is a factor?

    at any rate, I’d apologize and explain that you picked the habit back up some time after being hired. Remind him of how hard it is to quit (our company has guidelines for non-smokers who encounter smokers onsite, as smoking onsite is banned, and they want non-smokers to encourage people to follow the rules, without starting a fight). Then offer to go on a smoking cessation program. That might placate him. I’m not saying it’s right for a boss to bully an employee but since from his perspective you’re not following the pre-employment form, it might be good motivation to quit.

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