A southern hospital is drawing attention for its policies against hiring employees who have a body mass index of 35 or higher. After the story was brought to the attention of a local news program, one reporter decided to look into the matter of whether it was legal to discriminate against employees based on their weight. According to a recent Yale University study, workplace discrimination against overweight employees, especially female workers, is as common as discrimination based on race.
Non-discrimination training is a crucial part of any business operation. Even when the business's leaders are committed to fairness, certain employees' discriminatory behavior can lead to costly employment law disputes.