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Weight discrimination has negative effects in the workplace, studies show

Only a handful of states and municipalities have laws in place to protect against weight discrimination.

UPDATE: May 11, 2023: This story has been updated to reflect the New York City Council's passage of a weight discrimination bill Thursday afternoon. _

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. While federal laws protect against many abuses, unfair treatment because of a person’s weight is not one of them.

Statistics about the prevalence of weight discrimination differ depending on the study, but they all show the same general results: Workers are being treated differently because of their weight.


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