Weight Bias: The next civil rights issue?
Americans who are overweight face discrimination daily. They're not hired, they can be fired, or denied a raise or promotion, simply because they're considered "too fat." Yet such discrimination is often legal. Should that change?
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Her fiancé lives in another city. Can her boss ask if she plans to move away to join him? (1:41 min)
How prevalent is weight discrimination? What does the law say? A prominent equal opportunity consultant provides some answers—in advance of a workshop scheduled for Human Rights Day. (11:06 min)
If the question begins, "Have you ever had…" it's probably not one an employer should ask. (3:22 min)
When a salon employee allegedly refuses to cut the hair of a young Mexican girl, a mother charges discrimination. (3:14 min)
There are arguments on both sides of that issue. This short clip summarizes some of those arguments, pro and con. (4:46 min)
What happened? When? Were there any witnesses? If you file a charge with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, having good records will help. (2:07 min)
What happens if you express your opinion at work—and your boss doesn't happen to like your opinion? (2:35 min)