A friend of mine, who works for a large corporation, recently received a letter in the mail stating that all employees would have to sign an affidavit stating whether they have used tobacco products.
Any employee who has, is subject to a $20.00 per paycheck surcharge for their medical benefits.
While she has no problem with the money issue, the issue of personal privacy comes up.
When does a company have the right to force an employee to divulge what he/she does in their personal lives?
Where does it end? Will the next affidavit ask whether one has had unprotected sex? Eats junk food more than twice a week? Is this really about the cost of insurance?
Are we allowing our employers access to information that, as Americans, we have the right to keep private?
I fear for my country.