Obesity is not considered a disability in the workplace. A disability is a condition which prevents one from performing all usual physical or mental functions. This usually means a permanent state, but in some cases, it can include temporary states as well. However, Federal courts have held that obesity alone is not a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore, an employer may discriminate against a job applicant or an employee on the basis of their weight.
The prevalence of obesity has risen dramatically in the
Some obese workers have filed lawsuits claiming discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("
What Should I do if I Suspect That I Have Been Discriminated Against Because of My Weight?
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your weight, it may be best to seek the services of an employment attorney. An experienced attorney can advise you any applicable options available to you in your state, and whether to pursue a case of employment discrimination, an
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