Workplace Discrimination: Looks Matter in CubicleVille

19 Apr

From HealthDay News — Obese Americans have smaller paychecks than those who aren’t overweight, and this difference is especially strong among women, a new study finds.

Wowza.

Shocking. 

But then not shocking really.

The analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth revealed that in 2004, overall average annual incomes were $8,666 less for obese women and $4,772 less for obese men compared with normal weight workers.

What beyond annoys me is that what does a person’s filing, faxing, typing, management, etc., skills have to do with how wide they are?

This annoys me.

Really annoys me.

Oh, but there’s more…

In 2008, obese women made an average of $5,826 (15 percent) less than normal-weight females, George Washington University researchers said.

I’m so annoyed I may write a scathing letter to someone. Somewhere.

There’s more:

White women who were obese had lower wages in both 2004 and 2008 than normal-weight white women, while wages were lower for obese white men only in 2004.

See, the thing about discrimination is that it can be difficult to prove. I mean, it’s not very likely that an employer will state to you that your weight (or skin color or even physical disability) is why they didn’t hire you or promote you or give you a higher annual salary increase. Employers know that’s illegal.

Ah, and corporate America has attempted to cut healthcare costs by–ahem–“encouraging” the obese to slim down, even offering incentives to those who do.

Right now the only state that bans weight discrimination is Michigan.   In fact, that 1977  induced law has seldom been used but appears to be getting more and more recognition since the rise in weight discrimination.

My thing is this:  If a person’s weight/size doesn’t negatively affect their performance, STAY OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS. 

So what do obese workers do who feel they’re being/they’ve been discriminated against?

Write to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in your state. Name names.

Power to The People.

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2 Responses to “Workplace Discrimination: Looks Matter in CubicleVille”

  1. MarlaGottschalk April 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Very interesting information. I live in Michigan and was not aware of the law…

  2. the cubicle rebel April 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    I know, right? I was shocked to learn about the law myself (which is why I shared it). Thanks for reading!

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