2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 50: Employment Law
Article 11: Employee Privacy, 50-11-1 through 50-11-6
Section 50-11-3: Employers; unlawful practices.
50-11-3. Employers; unlawful practices.
A. It is unlawful for an employer to:
(1) refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise disadvantage any individual, with respect to compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment because the individual is a smoker or nonsmoker, provided that the individual complies with applicable laws or policies regulating smoking on the premises of the employer during working hours; or
(2) require as a condition of employment that any employee or applicant for employment abstain from smoking or using tobacco products during nonworking hours, provided the individual complies with applicable laws or policies regulating smoking on the premises of the employer during working hours.
B. The provisions of Subsection A of this section shall not be deemed to protect any activity that:
(1) materially threatens an employer's legitimate conflict of interest policy reasonably designed to protect the employer's trade secrets, proprietary information or other proprietary interests; or
(2) relates to a bona fide occupational requirement and is reasonably and rationally related to the employment activities and responsibilities of a particular employee or a particular group of employees, rather than to all employees of the employer.
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