According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. But what does this mean for the workplace? This past month, Air India demoted 125 cabin crew members after they failed to reach what the company deemed an adequate BMI. This raises some interesting questions for U.S. employers. While the federal government has not formally recognized obesity as a protected class, several courts have recognized severe obesity as an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s not all. Several state and local governments have enacted measures prohibiting discrimination in employment based on weight. As obesity rates in American continue to rise, so does the trend towards protecting employees from discrimination based on weight.
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