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Associated Press, Published July 26 2012

Medical worker says she was fired for smelling like cigarette smoke

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — A medical receptionist at a St. Louis Park cancer center says she was unfairly fired for smelling like cigarette smoke.

Stephanie Cannon, of Fridley, says she's been a smoker for 18 years and burns through nearly a pack of Camels each day. Cannon is a receptionist at Park Nicollet Health Services in the Frauenshuh Cancer Center. She says she followed the hospital's policy of no smoking at any time on the premises.

Six weeks after she started, Cannon says her supervisor told her not to come to work smelling like smoke. She says she stopped smoking on breaks, in her car and bought new clothes. But last week Cannon was fired. She claims she's a victim of discrimination.

Cannon tells KSTP-TV she's exploring legal remedies as she looks for a new job.


Information from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.