American Medical Association (AMA)

“Employers can give a sigh of relief – or can they?   We have clear confirmation now … that obesity itself is not a protected characteristic.”

Yesterday we published a post Alert about the landmark decision which came down yesterday from the European Court of Justice, with the Court holding that “obese people can be considered

“The boss thinks you should lose a few pounds.”  

An article yesterday in the Wall Street Journal by Lauren Weber and Rachel Emma Silverman opens with this line, and then says that “Seeking to make a dent in the intractable problem of obesity … businesses are experimenting with new measures to encourage workers to

Is obesity a disability under the ADA?

In our post of April 25th we discussed a recent court decision that said that it might very well be.  We noted in our blog on April 28th that “[t]he issue of obesity and employment discrimination seems to sit on a fault line of sorts, eliciting strong views

Last year we discussed whether for ADA purposes obesity is a disease — as was held by a new decisison by the American Medical Association.  We posted that the AMA declaration that obesity is a disease would likely spur lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We wrote that ”we are unaware of any

An Alabama field salesperson for a provider of hospice services to the termimally ill sued her former employer under the ADA claiming that she was fired “on the basis of her disability, morbid obesity.”  The company claimed to have fired her for performance issues.

The Plaintiff

She is 5’3″ tall and at the time of

We just posted a couple weeks ago that the recent decision of the American Medical Association to declare obesity a disease would likely spur lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We wrote that “we are unaware of any new laws which treat obesity as a protected class, but the AMA’s action last week is

For those of you who plan to spend the holiday week catching up on some summer beach reading, but don’t know what to read, we recommend that you include the following:

1.            How To Defend Against Discrimination, Wrongful Termination and Other Claims.  This short article in SmartBusiness describes Employment Practices Liability (“EPL”)  insurance and