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Lawyers Eye Weight Bias Suits

Law360 (May 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Most exercise gurus entering an aerobics class wouldn't expect the instructor to stand 5 feet 8 inches tall and weigh 240 pounds. Then again, most aerobics instructors aren't like Jennifer Portnick.

Portnick's application to teach exercise classes was rejected by Jazzercise Inc. in 2002 because the company believed she didn't look fit. Portnick subsequently filed a complaint with San Francisco's Human Rights Commission alleging weight discrimination and after a barrage of media coverage, Jazzercise settled with Portnick and dropped its “fit” job requirement.

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