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Smoke Gets In Your Lies, Whirlpool Suspends Workers for Smoking Fibs

The employees had claimed to be nonsmokers to avoid paying a $500 annual surcharge Whirlpool has assessed on smokers who are enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan.

April 22, 2008
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Thirty-nine employees of Whirlpool Corp.’s Evansville, Indiana, manufacturing plant have been suspended for lying about their smoking habits.

The employees had claimed to be nonsmokers to avoid paying a $500 annual surcharge Whirlpool has assessed on smokers who are enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan, a company spokesman confirmed.

However, other employees reported seeing the alleged nonsmokers lighting up in designated smoking areas outside the plant, the Benton Harbor, Michigan-based manufacturer reported.

Filed by Joanne Wojcik of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail editors@workforce.com.

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