Kentucky senator pre-files bill to allow employers to discriminate against smokers

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - A Kentucky lawmaker pre-filed a bill that would amend a Kentucky employment discrimination law.

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KRS 344.040 currently states that it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age 40 and over, or because the person is a qualified individual with a disability or because the individual is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with any workplace policy concerning smoking.

BR 333, pre-filed by Republican Sen. John Schickel, would amend the law to allow employers to refuse to hire or to fire smokers.

The bill was filed for the 2019 Regular Session.

You can read the legislation below. (If viewing on a mobile device, follow the link to view in a web browser.)

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