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Battling Weight Bias In The Workplace

Law360 (February 10, 2011, 1:04 PM EST) -- The concept of weight discrimination in the workplace is an underdeveloped area of the law. However, two recent lawsuits are instructive in terms of where the law may be heading in the future, and how weight interrelates with existing disability discrimination laws.

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 72.5 million adults in America are obese, and of course, many of these adults are employees. Furthermore, overall self-reported obesity prevalence in the United States is about 26.7 percent.

Data gathered from numerous studies and surveys supports the presence of an apparent weight bias in...

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