Time Magazine just published a story about a new university study confirming the rampant presence of weight discrimination.  We found it worth checking out and a good place to start a conversation among stewards about watching for evidence of it. That can come in the form of Direct Evidence, such as manager statements he denied someone a job because of his appearance, disparate treatment, such as holding an obese person to a higher standard, harassment or the denial of a reasonable accommodation request.  Also check out FEDSMILL’s two previous postings on the topic that cover some federal employee discrimination cases: “Obesity As A Disability” and “When Is Severe Obesity a Protected Disability.”

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