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Obesity discrimination not permitted under law

Canadian human rights laws protect employees from being discriminated against due to their weight, Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner says in the Globe and Mail.

In the report, Rudner, founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP, says, “unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement,” courts in this country do not allow obese employees to be treated differently because of their size.

The article, written by Free the Children and Me to We founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, discusses the bias against obese individuals in the workplace and elsewhere.

“Last year, a British-Australian study found that obese women were more likely to receive a lower starting salary or be turned down for a job altogether than their thinner counterparts, and a recent study in the United States found that overweight graduate-school applicants receive fewer admission offers,” the article says, noting it’s time to consider such behaviour unacceptable.

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