State and federal laws differ. Company regulations are governed to create a suitable working environment for both employers and employees. Violations of human rights on the job can lead to severe consequences such as lawsuits. Initially the lawsuit is presented to the state if no settlement, or an appeal on settlement is made then it can continue to federal court. The reason for an appeal, by an employee or employer, is due to the various interpretations of state and federal laws. There are many ways that state and federal laws differ.
Smoking regulations alter from state to state. In Florida smoking is not permissible in restaurants and most public places. For example, BLR Businesses Legal Reports writes the following:
The Florida Clean Air Act makes it unlawful to smoke in a public place, except in designated smoking areas. Places of employment are included in the definition of a "public place," as are government buildings, courthouses, mass transit vehicles and stations, libraries, museums, theaters, grocery stores, and restaurants seating more than 50 people. Areas designated for smoking must be clearly marked and no more than half the floor space of an enclosed indoor area can be designated for smoking. All employees working in a designated smoking area must agree with the designation. If a single worker objects, an area cannot become a designated smoking area.
Nationally there are no bans involving smoking in public places, there is however a ban on smoking in federal facilities. Most states have begun regulating smoking in workplaces to reduce the amount of worker absences and developed programs o help those who like to quit smoking. As mentioned before this is not a federal requirement rather a personal decision in order to increase work productivity.
The following case represents a scenario that deals with smoking on the job, and it is documented by Melissa Trujillo, 2006, Associated Press:
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