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Obesity and the ADA: Does alleged fat-shaming at work prove discrimination?

Does obesity count as a disability protected under the law? That’s the question a Connecticut court recently faced.

An employee sued his employer alleging he was discriminated against because he was “perceived as” being disabled due to his weight. Here’s what happened, according to his complaint:

The employee worked at the State Department of Correction and was selected to try out for the Connecticut Department of Correctional Emergency Response Team, more commonly known as CERT.

For context, CERT programs involve emergency response. On prison teams, CERT members are specially trained officers who are tasked with responding to prison riots, disturbances and other situations that are likely to involve uncooperative or violent prisoners.

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