Dr. Paul Billingsley was recently hired from out of state to head the Department of Health and Human Services. After a few days on the job, Dr. Billingsley noticed that a large number of the department’s workers were smokers and that the smokers seemed to spend a lot of time going outside to take smoke breaks.
The department’s mission statement read in part, “To promote the overall health and well-being of the citizens of the state by providing necessary medical, fitness, and mental health programs and services.”
Dr. Billingsley felt that the number of smokers in the department did a disservice to the citizens and did not project the right image for a Department of Health and Human Services. So, after three months on the job, Dr. Billingsley issued a memorandum and policy update to all members of the department that read in part, “Beginning immediately, there will be no smoking on department grounds. Further, all employees are hereby notified that six months from the date of this memorandum the department will test all employees for nicotine. Any employee who tests positive will be given six months to quit smoking or be terminated. The department will compensate employees for participation in any type of smoking cessation program they wish to use to accomplish this goal.”
The new policy sent a shock wave through the department. Employees who smoked formed a group to protest the new policy. The workers initially sent a letter, signed by every employee who smoked, requesting that Dr. Billingsley retract the new policy. The letter stated that they did not object to the portion of the policy that prohibited smoking on state property, but that what they did on their own time should be no concern of Dr. Billingsley.
Dr. Billingsley replied that he would not change the policy, and that any further protest by employees would be considered insubordination and would be grounds for termination. As a result, the employees began to write letters to their state legislators protesting the new policy and asking that the legislature intervene in this matter.
A number of legislators did take up the issue and decided to hold hearings. When Dr. Billingsley was called to testify before both a house and senate committee on the issue, he demanded to know which employees had written letters. All the legislators who received letters declined to provide Dr. Billingsley with the names of any employee who wrote a letter.
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