Can an Employer Fire an Employee for Not Wearing Glasses?

This business owner faced being forced to let go a good worker who was making sight-related mistakes and refused to get an eye exam.

A man squints at his laptop, clearly needed eyeglasses.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

“I own a construction company that has 30 employees. We build houses, small commercial offices, and I’ve got a humdinger of a story for you. One of our people — 40-year-old Terry, who is a highly skilled carpenter everyone likes — needs to have his vision checked out by an eye doctor, as he is having difficulty with a number of tasks. For example, his night driving is scary! He misses off-ramps. He has mismeasured where to saw two-by-fours, resulting in expensive wood being effectively lost. He squints, rubs his eyes, has trouble reading, and when we suggest that he probably needs to get glasses, replies, ‘I don’t want to look ugly and old!’

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."