ROCKVILLE, Md. - After a FOX 5 report revealed that hundreds of teachers in Montgomery County had been wrongly charged a smoker’s fee in their first checks of the new year, the school district is refunding the extra charges for teachers who are tobacco-free.
The Montgomery County Education Association launched a petition calling for quick action after they say hundreds or possibly even thousands of employees were charged several hundreds of dollars extra for insurance. That surcharge was supposed to be for smokers only.
But the teacher’s union says many employees either had problems filling out the form telling the school district they don't smoke or were confused about the deadline.
On Friday, Montgomery County Public Schools announced teachers that had trouble letting the district know about their non-smoker status will get their money back. However, they did not announce a timeline.