Should Fat Be Covered Under ADA?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects workers from being discriminated against because of their disabilites. Employers are required to list any specific requirements of a position (i.e. must be able to lift 50 pounds) in order to prevent arbitrary discrimination. If you are morbidly obese, should the ADA protect you from being fired?

According to a recent ruling, you must be able to prove that the obesity is caused by a physiological disorder in order for you to get protection under ADA.

What do I think about this?

On one hand, I’ve experienced discrimination in the workplace when I was fat. I was continually accused of being lazy despite high production rates.

On the other hand, too many people go running to the law courts when they run into troubles. I don’t think the government or law suits are the answer.

For me, I left the job. I didn’t want to work for a company so blind that they couldn’t see what a good employee I was. If all they could see was my fat, then I was going to take my fat and highly productive self to a company that appreciated me. Sometimes, I think that’s the answer. When companies discriminate, they end up limiting their supply of good employees. The people who won’t put up with discrimination leave. They die a death of their own making because they can’t keep good employees.

Should the ADA protect fat workers? I don’t know. I think it’s more important to protect ourselves.

Via: Big Fat Blog: Fat Not Covered Under ADA


2 Responses to “Should Fat Be Covered Under ADA?”

  1. iportion Says:

    I have met people who have had real thyroid issues and they were quite ill. The ruling would cover people who have a thyroid problems and the like. Thyroid problems is rarer than people think.

  2. iportion Says:

    I had to work twice as hard when I was overweight.

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