A note about weight discrimination in the workplace by Pooja Kothari ’09 took third place in the New York State Bar Association’s Dr. Emanuel Stein Memorial Law Student Writing Competition. It will be published in next issue of the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter.
Kothari wrote the paper for Professor Deborah A. Widiss’ employment discrimination law course, which focuses on Title VII protections from job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. “There is no federal law that protects overweight Americans from employment discrimination. They might have some protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act if they can show their obesity is a disability, but those who are simply overweight and face job discrimination based on their weight do not have similar protections,” Kothari said.
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