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Morbid Obesity Protected Under ADA

From Employee Benefits News Legal Alert: On July 24, the EEOC announced that it settled a disability discrimination lawsuit filed last year against BAE Systems for discrimination against an employee based on his actual or perceived disability (morbid obesity), by terminating his employment, denying him reasonable accommodation, and for otherwise denying him equal employment opportunities within BAE.................... Read the details to understand the EEOC's decision.

The lesson: Because morbid obesity – and perhaps even obesity – may be considered a “disability” under the law, employers should tread lightly when making employment decisions based on an employee’s weight or ones that detrimentally affect overweight employees. The same goes for any other “non-traditional” impairment, which – much to employers’ surprise – may also be considered a “disability” under the ADAAA’s expanded reach.
Posted by Cristie Travis at 7:22 AM

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