Height and Weight Discrimination

We read a great comment in response to our post “Weight Bias Is Alive And Well.”    Maria Hanna Joseph, an attorney/mediator in the Boston area, addressing the issue of weight and appearance bias, has carefully written a very succinct and balanced statement of the very purposes of employment anti-discrimination laws.

But

Last December we reported on case from Michigan where a federal judge refused to grant summary judgment to a weight watcher’s group in an EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawsuit based upon the company’s policy of requiring job applicants to be within its set goal weight. The Court found that an issue of fact existed as to

Sylvia Dahlby, a “purveyor of talent acquisition, staffing management and recruiting business solutions” in Hawaii, commented below on our posts about “lookism,” beauty bias, appearance bias, and obesity.

Does appearance matter in hiring?

“Thanks for sharing this. In my opinion age and weight, and overall appearance are always a factor in hiring decisions

This week a Michigan federal court refused to grant summary judgment to Weight Watcher’s in an EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawsuit based upon the company’s policy of9483943_s requiring job applicants to be within its set goal weight.  The Court found that an issue of fact existed as to whether the policy was related to the job