MESA, AZ - A company says if employees are caught smoking, they're fired.
Able Aerospace is a supply chain company out in Mesa. In 2010, CEO Lee Benson implemented a no smoking policy as part of the company’s wellness program.
At the time 50 employees smoked. Within six months 40 kicked the habit. The ten that couldn’t were fired.
Benson said it’s more than a fight over cigarettes. He feels it’s a step in the right direction for their wellness program.
Onsite, the company has a 24-hour gym with free personal training.
“We have 400 employees,” said Benson. “250 are training twice a week in our gym and for those employees we pay 100 percent of their health insurance every other month."
Able Aerospace also gives employees random drug tests. If nicotine is present, they’re fired
“We are not telling someone whether they can smoke,” said Benson. “We are saying it's not responsible for you to expect us to pay for it.”
Benson says within four year, he’s seen a 60 percent reduction in healthcare costs for the company.
Attorney Jerome Froimson says companies have every right to hire and fire as they want – as long as it’s not discrimination.
“An employment at will, any people think it’s the right to work it has nothing to do with that,” said Froimson.