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7 Ways to Prove Weight Discrimination

7 Ways to Prove Weight Discrimination

Obesity may be an official disease, but how do you prove discrimination?

The American Medical Association has declared obesity to be a disease. Will this help the overweight bring weight discrimination claims against their employers? Here are 7 ways you can prove illegal weight discrimination. Read More »

7 Ways You Can Be Fired For Your Appearance -- Legally

7 Ways You Can Be Fired For Your Appearance -- Legally

You've almost certainly heard about the dentist who was so afraid that he couldn't resist sexually harassing his very attractive female employee that he fired her. The Iowa Supreme Court upheld the firing, saying that firing someone because they're too attractive didn't violate Iowa law. If you haven't heard... Read More »

Is Weight Discrimination At Work Illegal?

Is Weight Discrimination At Work Illegal?

No doubt about it: Record numbers of American workers are obese. By 2030, half of all American adults are expected to be obese, a new study by the Robert Wood Foundation finds. And many employers are biased against overweight workers, assuming that they're lazy or out of control. There's a correlation between... Read More »

Fat And Unemployed: Is There A Connection?

Fat And Unemployed: Is There A Connection?

The high rate of obesity and unemployment are, in many ways, the two biggest problems afflicting America in 2012. It almost goes without saying, both have grown way too fast. A new study by the Robert Wood Foundation predicts that half of the country will be obese by 2030, up from one in three now. The... Read More »

Should Making Fun Of A Co-Worker's Weight Be Illegal?

Should Making Fun Of A Co-Worker's Weight Be Illegal?

Deborah Marks was a New York telemarketer, and a damn good one. She received outstanding reviews, a series of prizes, and was named "Telemarketer of the Year." Marks hoped to move into a sales rep position, but when promotion time came, another woman got the job. "Deb, I've told you," her boss allegedly said... Read More »

Fat? This Hospital Won't Hire You

Fat? This Hospital Won't Hire You

Say you are 5 feet 10 inches tall, weigh 250 pounds, and are applying for an administrative job at a hospital. If it happens to be with the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas, then don't bother applying -- you are too heavy for their liking. Read More »

Look And Feel Good Series: Avoid Weight Discrimination In The Workplace

Look And Feel Good Series: Avoid Weight Discrimination In The Workplace

Competition is tougher than ever in the workplace whether looking for a promotion or re-entering the job market. And if you're carrying an extra 15, or more lbs., you may find yourself faced with weight discrimination. Research from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity reported that weight... Read More »

9 In 10 American Workers Are Overweight

9 In 10 American Workers Are Overweight

The struggles of the American worker are by now well-known. He is is either out of work, or if he is lucky enough to have a spot in the workforce, he is overworked as employers seek to come up with effective business models amid a challenging economic environment. And now comes this -- he's wildly unhealthy to... Read More »

L.A. Club Hiring Hostesses -- Must Be Anorexic To Apply

L.A. Club Hiring Hostesses -- Must Be Anorexic To Apply

For all those unemployed women in the Los Angeles area (and with a county unemployment rate of 13.3 percent, there are a lot), a pretty cushy job is there for the taking. You can spend all night drinking and belting out your favorite show tunes. You don't have to strip, give massages or have sex with anyone.... Read More »

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

It was the seatbelt extender that did him in. When Ronald Kratz alerted his superiors at a Houston-based plant run by BAE Systems that he was having trouble buckling the seatbelt of a forklift that he was operating, he suggested he use a seatbelt extender. Read More »

Tom Ford's Unconventional Style Tip for Heavyset Job Seekers

Tom Ford's Unconventional Style Tip for Heavyset Job Seekers

Overweight women searching for jobs tend to become self conscious about how they look. One common strategy is to wear a black interview outfit since that color tends to be slimming. Forget all that, says famous designer Tom Ford, who used to work with Gucci. Read More »

Overweight and Unemployed: Should You Lose Weight Before Job Hunt?

Overweight and Unemployed: Should You Lose Weight Before Job Hunt?

Overweight people who are unemployed sometimes decide to first lose weight before starting a job search. Lousy idea. About two thirds or 190 million Americans are obese or overweight, reports CBS News. If they all decided to get down to a healthier weight before applying for jobs or going for promotions, the... Read More »

'Biggest Loser' Couple Takes Weight-Loss Campaign to the Workplace

'Biggest Loser' Couple Takes Weight-Loss Campaign to the Workplace

There's no getting around it: Your weight can and will be held against you in the workplace. If you're overweight, potential employers are more likely to pass you by, partially because they believe weight-related health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure will cost them a lot of money and keep you... Read More »

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