Accommodating smokers

How far do smokers have to be accommodated?
By Brian Johnston
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/11/2015

Question: Is smoking considered an addiction disability that needs to be accommodated? Unlike other addictions, this one can affect others through secondhand smoke, so could it be considered undue hardship if an employer doesn’t have an area where it can allow smoking?

Answer: The grounds of discrimination enumerated in most human rights legislation include “drugs and alcohol.” However, addictions to tobacco, tobacco products and nicotine are not specifically mentioned in the legislation.