Interest in Non-Smokers' Rights
Court Victories by Anti-Smoking Militants
In los angeles, a school district employee quit his job because he was bothered by smoke from co-workers' cigars and cigarettes. The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board refused to pay the man unemployment benefits on the ground that he did not have “good cause” for resigning. However, a state court judge overturned the board's decision last July 22 and awarded the man $990 in unemployment benefits.
In Atlantic City, a state court judge ruled last April that an employee of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. had a right to work in a smoke-free environment. The employee presented medical documentation of an allergic reaction to cigarette smoke and the judge ordered the company to provide “safe working conditions…by ...