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  • The law of the land states that no company, corporation, organization, or private employer shall chose to not hire any individual because of their sex or race, however there is no clause or statement that says that they can’t discriminate against obesity.

    It’s appalling to hear that many employers are resorting to the weight of their potential employees because of the stiff competition there is for the job. Many employers justify their discrimination by saying that an obese or heavier person wouldn’t be ideal to represent their company or upkeep their company image. Others say that a person who is heavier in the abdominal area or upper torso isn’t able to perform the physical tasks that the job requires, which makes absolute sense. If an employer sees that a person applying for a job isn’t physically capable of full filling the job description they have every right to cut them from their list of choices.

    However, it is not correct to discriminate against an individual strictly because of their appearance or more specifically, their weight.

    There’s a ridiculous stigma and stereotype of overweight people. It’s hard to believe that this day in age people continue to be so prejudice against people whom are obese or overweight.

    I recall watching an episode of the Tyra Banks Show in which individuals were shown an image of a person and they were asked what they thought of them. When shown an image of a thin or fairly slim person they would draw conclusions from the type of clothes they were wearing, the expression on their face, ect… On the other hand when shown an image of someone who was significantly heavier the responses from each person was almost identical. They would assume that the person was smelly and that they had poor personal hygiene. The word lazy was also frequently used to describe the person in the picture. Many also said that they would be afraid, uncomfortable, and even disgusted to be around or near that person.

    The goal of every business is to make profit. In order to make profit the customer needs to be satisfied. For the type of business that comes in direct contact with their customer the impression that their employees give is crucial. However somebody’s weight should have nothing to do with the impression that they give. They should be judged by the way they treat the customer and how well they perform their job.

    It is not just for employers to discriminate against people who are over weight and could perform the job just as well as their competitors, have equal or even superior education only because they are over weight.

    However we must remember that we are the public, we are the customer that the businesses are trying to please. Public attitude towards overweight people could change the employer’s actions. We must come together and change the public’s perception of overweight people to stop the discrimination against them.
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