Westgate Resorts, the largest private employer in central Florida, has a real knack for attracting potential employees.
The timeshare sales and rental company announced that not only can employees not smoke at work, they can’t smoke off the job, either. The CEO of the company, David Siegel, told TV station Local 6, “when I found out it was legal to discriminate against smokers, I put the policy in place.”
See the story here.
But it’s not only smokers who face discrimination at Westgate.
“Anything we can do that is legal and not discriminatory, we will do,” Siegel told the station. “If you are an alcoholic and we have the right to fire you, we will do so. And if you are obese and there is a way for us not to hire you or to fire you, we will do that, too.”
As most fat people can tell you, there already is a perfectly legal way not to hire a fat person. You simply don’t call fat candidates back after an interview. And no need to fire a fat employee; you just make life at work so incredibly stressful, denigrating and frustrating that the fat employee finally gives up and quits.
Money, of course, is at the root of Westgate’s evil practices, although social stigma against fat people probably isn’t far behind. Siegel said that since the anti-smoking policy went into effect, health insurance claims have gone down significantly. He cites cheaper health insurance for employees amongst his motives, but no doubt the savings fatten his pocketbook, too.
I wonder if the lowered health claims Siegel cites is really because of a lack of smokers, or the fact that Westgate employees are now just too scared to use their health insurance. What’s next? Westgate won’t hire people with depression? Women of childbearing ages?
Gee, Westgate Resorts sounds like a real friendly workplace, huh? I wonder if board members conduct meetings in white sheets, too.