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Employers take action to control ‘unhealthy’ employee lifestyles

One day last fall, 30-year-old Scott Rodrigues arrived for work at the Massachusetts lawn and garden company that had hired him several weeks earlier, only to hear some bad news. The results of a drug test required for employment showed that Rodrigues had ingested a substance expressly forbidden by company policy: nicotine. Employment lawyers refer to this phenomenon as “lifestyle discrimination” – and they believe the practice will continue to spread.

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