Ok let me clairify about what AS
drug-free policy is really about:
When you apply with AS
, they WILL ask you if you have used nicotine products within the last 6 months. More than likely people will say no just so that they can get hired. I might add that they are very, very, very picky on who they hire, just like WN
When I was hired on with AS
back in 1998, they have asked me a few times to make sure that I am not a nicotine user. For this reason, I didnt know why at the time but I found it pretty strange. Honestly, I am not a nicotine user. The term 'nicotine' in AS
terms includes the following: Ciggarettes, cigars, chew or any tobacco related products.
Anyway, shortly after I was hired, the MX
department heads had a meeting with all 3 shifts about the no smoking policy on hangar grounds and about the 'contract' you signed when hired to not smoke on property. Alot of mechanics objected to the rule and didnt see why it was a bothersome problem with the company. The whole idea was to LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS
does not want to be liable for 'injuries' related to smoking on their property. Now, this is a very sensitive topic at AS HQ
and around the company. There are more to it than just that when it comes to that issue which I do not know and could care less.
Ive never seen AS
take action against an AS
employee for smoking on AS
property or around the Port of Seattle. But I do know that the Port of Seattle has a strict no smoking policy on the ramps. (Does anyone follow that rule or does the POS
Police enforce it...guess not...)
The point is, its AS
policy regardless. They dont even have to hire you and its not even discrimination either. Its their policy, plain and simple. They can do whatever they want, its their airline.
Oh, I might even point out. Go to their corporate office and you'll see etched on their front doors a disclaimer that states: "Notice to applicants: We hire only nicotine free applicants, if you have used nicotine products within the last 6 months, we are not interested in you."
Don't be surprised at this, everyone working at AS
knows about this disclaimer. Its nothing new.
So is AS
breaking the law? No, they are well within their rights. Its their airline. If they feel that it disrupts their business, they have the right to enforce that rule. Like I said, its a very sensitive issue at AS
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