Is There Workplace Weight Bias? (See My Above The Law Article)

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The article begins:

“Happy New Year to all of you “resolvers” who will absolutely, positively lose weight this year!  Rare is the person who does not resolve on January 1st to finally stick to a diet or weight-loss plan (although I just saw some stat that this is the first year in many that this is not the most popular resolution – the most popular is “being a better person”).  And good luck – from one who has spent a lifetime going up and down the BMI index!

Is there a bias in the workplace against people who are “overweight”? Is weight a protected class under the Civil Rights laws?

The answers are yes, for sure; and no (maybe). ”




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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]