Judge Rejects Obese Saleswoman's Disability Bias Suit

Law360, New York (February 20, 2014, 5:03 PM EST) -- An Alabama federal judge last week nixed an Americans with Disabilities Act suit brought by an obese saleswoman, concluding that she was neither disabled nor regarded as such by her former employer in a ruling that compared obesity to sporting a green mohawk hairstyle.

U.S. District Judge William H. Steele granted summary judgment on Feb. 12 to Gentiva Health Services Inc. in former employee Gina Powell's suit alleging that the hospice services provider had fired her because of her disability — namely, morbid obesity.

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Case Information

Case Title

Powell v. Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

Case Number



Alabama Southern

Nature of Suit

Civil Rights: Jobs


William H. Steele

Date Filed

January 10, 2013

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