Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers.

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    • Publication Year:
      2016
    • Abstract:
      Prior empirical work has identified an obesity penalty in the labor market. Obese workers are less likely to be employed than non-obese workers, and even if obese workers find employment, they earn less than non-obese workers. In 2008, Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") by broadening the scope of medical conditions it covers. Since then, legal actors have used these amendments to seek remedies against employers that take adverse employment actions against obese workers because of their weight. They argue that obesity is now a disability under the ADA, and firing workers because of their weight constitutes disability discrimination. This Article questions the recent focus on treating obesity as a disability and presents original data analysis demonstrating that employers prefer not to make obese women the public face of their companies. In fact, a substantial portion of the obesity penalty for women results from employers keeping obese women (but not obese men) out of public-interaction jobs. In contrast, the data indicate that very little of the obesity penalty results from productivity concerns or from concerns about obesity substantially limiting a major life activity. As a result, the obesity penalty is more appropriately viewed as a form of sex discrimination, instead of a form of disability discrimination. Title VII has the potential to help far more obese women in the labor market than the ADA. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      10677666
    • Accession Number:
      116641720
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SHINALL, J. B. Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers. Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, [s. l.], v. 37, n. 1, p. 101, 2016. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 17 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Shinall JB. Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers. Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law. 2016;37(1):101. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=116641720. Accessed October 17, 2019.
    • APA:
      Shinall, J. B. (2016). Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers. Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, 37(1), 101. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=116641720
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Shinall, Jennifer Bennett. 2016. “Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers.” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 37 (1): 101. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=116641720.
    • Harvard:
      Shinall, J. B. (2016) ‘Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers’, Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, 37(1), p. 101. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=116641720 (Accessed: 17 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Shinall, JB 2016, ‘Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers’, Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, vol. 37, no. 1, p. 101, viewed 17 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Shinall, Jennifer Bennett. “Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers.” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, vol. 37, no. 1, Jan. 2016, p. 101. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=116641720.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Shinall, Jennifer Bennett. “Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers.” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 37, no. 1 (January 2016): 101. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=116641720.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Shinall JB. Distaste or Disability? Evaluating the Legal Framework for Protecting Obese Workers. Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law [Internet]. 2016 Jan [cited 2019 Oct 17];37(1):101. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=116641720