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Weight Bias

Where It's Illegal: Weight Bias Laws Elsewhere

There are only six cities in the U.S. and one state — Michigan — where weight discrimination is against the law.

 

States (1)

Michigan

The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on weight and on height, in addition to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, and marital status.

Cities and Municipalities (6)

Santa Cruz, California

A city ordinance prohibits "differential treatment as a result of that person's.... height, weight, or physical characteristic," in addition to other protected characteristics.

San Francisco, California

A city ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on a person's weight or height, in addition to other protected characteristics.

Madison, Wisconsin

A city anti-discrimination ordinance includes "height, weight, or physical characteristics" as protected categories.

Urbana, Illinois

A city anti-discrimination ordinance includes "height, weight, or physical characteristics" as protected categories.

Washington, DC

The human rights law includes "personal appearance," which includes weight and other physical attributes, as a protected category in employment.

Binghamton, New York

A city anti-discrimination ordinance includes "height, weight, or physical characteristics" as protected categories.

Weight discrimination laws map