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

posted 7 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 # 47
    Member
    11744 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Sit down with him and tell him you had quit (you didn’t lie to him), but have had a relapse.  Then, try and quit again. It’s for your own health and well being. Smoking is terrible for you! 

    Post # 50
    Member
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    It’s none of his business what you do outside of working hours, or on your break off the company property.  I would remind him of this in a nice way.  Say something like “I don’t smoke during working hours, only when I’m away from the company property and when you hired me I did not smoke at that time.  I quit smoking x number of years ago and recently relapsed.  This does not affect my job, nor will it.” Leave it at that.  You don’t have to explain yourself any further and if he fires you over smoking take legal action.

    Post # 51
    Member
    2285 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    I would file a complaing with HR if there is one. And he shouldn’t be yelling at you. This is none of his business.

    I’d look for another job, this guy sounds like a creep.

    Post # 53
    Member
    5656 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    If you had told him you smoked at the beginning, he probably wouldn’t have hired you which nobody can do anything about. He could just claim you didn’t fit the position.

    However, now that he’s hired you, he’ll have to come up with another excuse to fire you, which, well, he could still do. 

    Post # 54
    Member
    3112 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    @ciel:  he’s crazy, but you should quit smoking.

    Post # 55
    Member
    502 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    That’s harrassment. He should be the one in trouble, not you. I could see if you came to work smelling like an ashtray, but I highly doubt that, and he still isn’t allowed to bully you like that.

    You need to confront him about it in a professional manner. I would state that I did not smoke then but began smoking and it is my own personal matter. Other employees smoke and it is not right to be bullied and chastised, and it certaintly does not effect your work.

    Post # 57
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    8882 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    That’s crazy.

    I’m anti-smoking but I don’t push that on anyone else. People are free to do what they want.

    I think he’s being a dink-hole.

    Post # 60
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    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Smoking isn’t a status protected by law, so he could fire you (hopefully not). I would talk to him in a calm, professional manner and explain that you did not smoke and had not for some time before you were hired, so you answered the question truthfully. Then say that you have since relapsed but you want to quit. Don’t accuse him of harassment- instead suggest that he can help you and ask him to be supportive. 

    Meanwhile, look for a new job.
    ETA: Don’t not quit to spite him. That hurts no one but you.
     

    To those who are surprised that MA has a smoke-free workplace law- come on, it’s one of the bluest of blue states! I wouldn’t be surprised if MA and VT ban smoking in all public areas in the next five years.

    Post # 61
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    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We are not allowed to smoke within a certain # of yards of where I work, which basically means you have to leave work, and drive somewhere else to smoke. Which you can’t do, really, if you’re a scientist and always in the middle of an experiment.

    I’m not sure what the actual laws are about discrimination against smokers, but I know it is very legal to make it difficult as hell to smoke. It is also legal to charge smokers more for health insurance on a company-level. My husband gets a substantial discount for being a non-smoker.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of ridiculously high health care premiums that we all end up paying. Second only to obesity. It’s voluntary, isn’t necessary, and it puts those around you at risk. I honestly think it should be ok to discriminate against smokers. One more reason to never start smoking.

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