I am a Registered Nurse with 15 years of experience. I was recently given a job offer after 2 interviews and told that I would be perfect for this position. I scheduled my employment processing and orientation. When I went in to be processed and do the drug screen the occupational nurse read my health history and said "Do you smoke" and I said yes, as I had indicated on my health questionaire, she then said, when your drug screen comes back positive for nicotine your offer of employment will be withdrawn. I then went to the manager who hired me and she did not know this, she called some people in HR and they said that a new policy came into effect today and no one who smokes can be hired for any position. I feel that since I was already considered the best person for the job and I would not smoke at work and it does not affect my performance that this is blatantly discriminitory. Can they do this? It is the Baptist health system at San Antonio TX.
Thank You, Lori