A Minnesota woman is claiming discrimination after she was reportedly fired from her job as a hospital receptionist because she smelled like cigarette smoke.
Stephanie Cannon, of Fridley, Minn., a smoker for 18 years, claims she never lit up on the premises of Park Nicollet Health Services, where she worked as a medical receptionist, KSTP-TV reported.
Cannon, who started the position only six weeks ago, told the station that she always followed the hospital’s clearly-stated “no smoking” policy.
“There were never any performance issues at all,” Cannon said.
But the woman says she was told by supervisors that her smell was a problem, claiming other staff advised her to shower at the hospital and avoid her husband — who also smokes — before coming to work in the morning.
“I stopped smoking on my breaks, I wouldn’t smoke in my car, I bought new clothes,” Cannon told the station.