Is an obese employee protected by the ADA?

At some time or another most HR professionals have probably been faced with the question of whether or not an obese employee is covered by the ADA. The answer as often happens is “maybe”. Unfortunately, as our population gets heavier this may become more of a problem. Morbid obesity The EEOC provides some guidance by saying: …

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Is obesity the next protected category?

Back in 2009 I wrote a series on ISMs. You know, racism, sexism, ageism, those discriminations that we end with an –ism. One of the ones I wrote about was what I called “Fatism.” It wasn’t a word then but I said it could become one in the not too distant future. A recent article …

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ISM Number Four: FATISM

I know that is not really a word, but it could be, and is abrupt enough to make my point. Despite the fact that 65% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, (See A Nation at Risk: Obesity in the United States), we have a culture that celebrates thin. In fact I would go beyond …

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Be a Bit Better at HR by the end of the day: Blog Posts You Should Read

Here are links to six blogs I think you should read. Aren’t I nice for saving you the time of finding the good ones? LOL Seth Godin, When Smart People Are Hard to Understand. Great advice on making yourself smarter when you don’t understand something said. Clue: Acting like you know is not it! Kris …

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Smoking and Weight: The Effect on Employment

Two other blogs caught my eye this week. One dealt with economic impact of weight on earnings and the other the lifetime cost of a pack of cigarettes. The first was from Freakonomics and was titled The Wage Effect of Fat. This blog discussed a study on obesity and the effect on hourly earnings, with …

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