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Unpublished Paper
Not Getting Hired Because you are Obese, but not Getting Fired Because you are Obese: How the New Changes to the ADA Have Set a Double Standard, and What’s to Prevent Companies From Trimming the Fat at the Office
ExpressO (2012)
  • Joshua Benjamin Forman
Abstract

This article examines how the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act fail to afford people who are classified as obese the protection against employment discrimination they deserve. Part I outlines the development of the history of protections afforded to individuals who are disabled. Part II concentrates on obesity as a medical condition and the way in which society perceives those who are obese. Part III focuses on whether or not obesity can be classified as a disability under the ADAAA. Part IV provides a pragmatic solution, which identifies safeguards for an obese person at each level of the employment process in order to prevent him or her from becoming a victim of discrimination.

Keywords
  • ADAAA,
  • employment,
  • obese,
  • disability
Disciplines
Publication Date
August 1, 2012
Citation Information
Joshua Benjamin Forman. "Not Getting Hired Because you are Obese, but not Getting Fired Because you are Obese: How the New Changes to the ADA Have Set a Double Standard, and What’s to Prevent Companies From Trimming the Fat at the Office" ExpressO (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joshua_forman/3/