Essay on Weight Discrimination

636 WordsAug 14, 20153 Pages
As the average weight for Americans increases, businesses are faced with obesity as they look to hire positions. Over 100 million Americans are overweight and approximately 70 million American adults are considered obese. Overweight and obese individuals are often stereotyped as lazy, addicted to food, and lacking self-discipline and initiative, and as a result may struggle with realizing employment opportunities. Weight discrimination, also known as weight prejudice or weight bias, refers to the unfair treatment of overweight or obese individuals based on preconceived opinion or without sufficient knowledge of facts. Weight discrimination is a very real issue, with a very real impact on human lives. But often the consequences of weight discrimination are not fully understood unless put into context. Perhaps nothing can illustrate this point better and help explain exactly why weight discrimination is an essential and important issue than a case of restaurant service industries. One of the examples mention previously was the famous restaurant Hooters, the case on weight discrimination based on the Michigan state branch. Even though, Michigan state law prohibits discriminatory practices based on weight discrimination, discrimination still occurs. For example, “The 5-foot-8-inch Smith said she weighed 145 pounds when she was hired in 2008 and 132 pounds when she left the job earlier this year”; even after receiving high performance review she would be indirectly discriminated due to the increase in her weight. When she filed a law suit against the branch, she described her experience working in the restaurant: “she was disciplined on the fit of her uniform and advised to join a gym so she could lose weight, improve her looks and fit into the extra small outfit she and the other Hooters girls are required to wear”. She was also put on probation for 30 days so she could

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