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Show Of Hands July 10th, 2013 1:46pm

Should weight become a protected class (illegal for employers to discriminate against), like sexual orientation, race, etc.?

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jamjay Atlanta, Ga
07/19/13 6:53 pm

No No No No No
Stop eating Fatty

dbilski4 Ohio
07/19/13 8:06 am

No, weight can be changed, and it can also affect your job performance negatively. Not to mention all the extra health risks associated with obesity.

Mindyflyz Dreamland
07/17/13 8:05 am

No. Weight can be changed naturally and it CAN be done in a healthy way that leaves the person with NO physical or mental trauma. I don't see the need for the SAME level of protection. A focus on ending discrimination is definitely in order, though.

LiberSum Pennsylvania
07/15/13 8:29 pm

It really depends on the job. If it's something physically strenuous, then weight should be considered for the person's own safety. But remember: weight is something that can change, whereas race, origin, religion, and creed are part of who you are.

camlop San Diego, CA
07/14/13 6:47 pm

You make yourself fat. You can't make yourself black, white, gay, straight, male, female...

dbilski4 Ohio
07/19/13 8:07 am

Unfortunately these days you can choose male or female...

07/22/13 11:23 pm

Lots of people have thyroid problems but most times....

tgrinhi12 Baton Rouge, LA
07/14/13 5:34 am

I voted no even those I am considered obese. There may be a couple of thousand people who do have an obesity problem caused by medical reason but most of us just like to eat. I love food.

sal10851 Eastern Tennessee
07/13/13 8:28 pm

Because being fat is a choice. Put down the cheeseburgers and jump on treadmill.

07/22/13 11:24 pm

Thyroid disorders exist but most times....

thndrstrike Salinas, California
07/12/13 9:06 pm

I say no, because you don't want some big fat guy to get stuck under the sink when doing your plumbing.

07/12/13 7:14 pm

How is this even a question? It 100% SHOULDN'T be a protected class. Weight is something controllable while race and gender is not. Stop giving overweight people more excuses. If they want these positions that they are being "discriminated" out of so badly, then start eating healthy and exercise

Simpslayer Indiana
07/12/13 3:02 pm

There should be no protected "classes" if a business wants to not hire certain people they should be allowed to and the government has no place telling them what to do.

Uberexciter Tennessee
07/12/13 2:28 pm

Some fattys can't handle certain jobs. Have you ever seen a porky astronaut? How about a chubbed up horse jockey?

07/12/13 1:52 pm

Let's focus on ending sex discrimination, one that affects half the population and all kinds of people, before we focus on any others.

aj1545 Cat Lady
07/14/13 10:25 pm

Finally lol! The only slight majority somehow considered a minority.

07/12/13 9:30 am

sexual orientation shouldn't be a protected class anyways

Skyrim nobody
07/12/13 12:10 pm

People are people. LGBT people should not be discriminated against when considered for a job. That's just pointless.
In fact, LGBT people do deserve protection along with every other law-abiding citizen in this country (at least).

07/12/13 12:16 pm

they shouldn't be discriminated against, what is my right to reject their lifestyle and supporting it

dotails DotUrTsAndCrossUrEyes
07/14/13 9:29 pm

Yep say I start an organization and seek the most fit counselors to teach kids why God designed marriage as a symbol for His relationship with us. People who think they are LGBT are not qualified to honestly describe this.By the way I love everybody.

hazhap1 Las Vegas
07/12/13 8:40 am

When will simply existing as a normal, healthy, well adjusted human being come with some extra perk?

07/12/13 7:59 am

They control it. You can't change the color of your skin you can change your weight.

LiberSum Pennsylvania
07/15/13 8:31 pm

Yes. Race and religion are part of who you are; weight is what you are.

07/12/13 7:12 am

I dont believe in protecting classes of people at all thats why people in thos country think they are owed something. And that goes for white black hispanic gay straight fat skinny all of em.

07/11/13 10:12 pm

I say anything that impedes a job from being done efficiently or from being completed is fair to discrimination. Are we gonna go kick Sandoval off the giants? No. What about fat Albert? Probably

wingman646 Jacksonville
07/11/13 8:34 pm

Certain jobs require certain physical capabilities. We start "affirmative action" on obesity, you might as well line up lawyers for the ridiculous amount of liability cases that spring up. Open the floodgates, the idiobots are coming...

07/11/13 7:35 pm

Oddest question ever

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/11/13 5:09 pm

Why is tony trolling his own users?

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/11/13 5:07 pm

Next protected class - ugly people lol

pcox104 Florida
07/11/13 6:10 pm

Next protected class - bad grades

07/11/13 4:05 pm

Tired of "[pick-a-group] rights". Can't we just have human rights? Is it so much to ask that adults of sound mind be treated as equals under law and to have physical and mental disability prep? Anyone know a reason we need to segregate these rights?

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/11/13 5:08 pm

Guilt. Extreme, overpowering guilt

rcgrant south carolina
07/11/13 1:39 pm

simple fact of it is they already are protected by ada

slipperykcid California
07/11/13 12:59 pm

Absolutely not. Almost every single job you can do easier if you are in good shape and some jobs can be hazardous to overweight people

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 9:55 am

Let me see

The government protects a class, race, gender, a sexual orientation then when a business asks you for your class, race, gender, sexual orientation for "affirmative action" purposes AND AND if they hire one of these protected classes...

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 9:57 am

The government offers a grant or stipend if they hire said protected class???


07/11/13 9:47 am

Weight can change but race or sex cannot. There are also jobs where you need to be a little in shape.

mitchman399 Oregon
07/11/13 12:43 pm

Technically you can change your sex...

07/11/13 3:04 pm

Well yes I guess you can change your sex but not very easily...

07/11/13 7:43 am

You can always change your weight, you can't change your race, sex, ect. That's the whole reason it's illegal to discriminate against them. And the companies health insurance is a problem. Obese people are way more likely to have costly health issues.

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:18 am

I'm wondering.

Is it most folks opinion here that a person not meeting our government's standards of health...
Are consciously trying to stay heavy????

That obese and morbidly obese along with those who are one pound OVERWEIGHT choose to be tbc

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:42 am

And that they consciously stay this way out of a complete disrespect for themselves; selfishly going about shoveling food on their mouths sitting on couches and

That is the only reason folks are overweight.

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:46 am

That psychologists, nutritionists, dietitians, the AMA, the CDC have attributed nothing else to the millions of emotional eaters, depressed eaters, abused eaters, that no prescription medication promotes weight gain. That a person who has tbc

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:48 am

Injuries which do not allow workouts which would help get rid of weight

Morbidly Obese

The categories differ by one pound.

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:52 am

Have you ever looked at the chaos and self doubt YOU - a person who loathes folks that are heavy, fat, overweight, obese or morbidly obese - cause by your actions and reactions to them?

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:55 am

Walk a mile, walk a half a mile, get winded walking a flight of stairs, get told ALL THE TIME to lose some weight

Get told all the time that you mean nothing

Get told all the time that you are worthless


sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:57 am

You all are the disgusting people who hurt a person that might just need some support instead of the HATE you've shown here.

You YOU don't help anyone with your negativity and sewage talk.

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:58 am

You like your boobs big
You like your trucks big
You like your dicks big
You like your cows big
You like your diamond rings big
You like your houses big


cleverusername mars
07/11/13 6:39 am

People should be hired for their skill-sets not their appearance. But if their weight prevents them from being able to do the job then they shouldn't get the job

ScrewU Gone
07/11/13 6:20 am

Every protected class is one more person a company has to hire, regardless of qualification, to "prove" they're not discriminating.

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 7:13 am

Uh that's affirmative action not discrimination screwd

jennamia Pennsylvania
07/11/13 4:57 am

Depends on the job really.

scottstots Georgia
07/11/13 4:26 am

Would that mean that fat people could vote and get married too?

07/11/13 4:17 am

Why should there be a protected status? Why should I not be able to hire who I want for my business? What right does a person have for a job? Why does the government feel the need to put their nose in my business so much? Where are my rights?

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 10:05 am

Why is Paula Deen being sued ?


07/11/13 3:02 am

Fat strippers? Who wants to see that?

fourwinds box of rain
07/11/13 12:40 am

I think this one's a little more complicated than race, etc. since, as others have pointed out, many overweight people have the power to change it. However, if physical fitness isn't part of the job, it should have at least some sort of protection.

ajpreyes Laveen
07/11/13 12:20 am

Sexual orientation is not a protected status in most states. Just an FYI. Morbid obesity falls under the ADA as a disability and is a protected status.

musiklady Earth
07/11/13 7:21 am


pmurray00 New Jersey
07/10/13 11:27 pm

How bout the people who can't gain weight?

ScrewU Gone
07/11/13 6:18 am

They should get free banana splits.

kaik12 Twin Cities, MN
07/10/13 11:18 pm

Honestly, yes. Particularly if the person will be getting health insurance through their employer. Their weight can make them more likely to miss work because of health problems because they are so overweight. This was also cost the company more through insurance.

kaik12 Twin Cities, MN
07/10/13 11:19 pm

You're making yourself a bigger liability to your employer over something you have complete control over. There should be an exception for those who can prove their weight issues are due to a medical issue/hormone imbalance however.

Congressman Louisiana
07/10/13 11:05 pm

You people are overreacting. Just because a fat person is allowed to apply and be hired for a job doesn't mean they are guaranteed that job. Some jobs require specialized training prior to employment, such as firefighting. It's a set score. Equal opp

sailrealvty Downtown
07/11/13 10:07 am

Well congressman that would mean that they aren't getting hired because they didn't qualify not because they were fat or black or Muslim or gay...

Or is that an excuse for not hiring them.

yandirtty21 Onalaska, WI
07/10/13 10:31 pm

So all bad choices we make are diseases and positive ones are regular?

think4yourself Not a safe space
07/10/13 10:54 pm

No if you make positive choices than you are a racist, sexist, homophobe that hates the environment and wants dirty air and water.

Congressman Louisiana
07/10/13 11:02 pm

Implying obesity is ONLY a choice and not secondary to a medical condition...

07/10/13 10:16 pm

I am "okay" with it as long as it is not a side effect of a disease. The problem is, weight is sometimes the only visual side effect of a disease. Does this mean that employees need to disclose there disease to an employer? This seems obtrusive.

07/10/13 10:17 pm

Not sure there is a good answer...

07/11/13 4:21 am

To me if I like the person for the job race, weight, gender, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs are not a factor. If the person can do the job I need them to for what I am willing to pay them then as long as I need the job and they do its fine

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/10/13 9:06 pm

Why can't all of humanity be a protected class, so we can just do away with the class system? We're so obsessed with classes in this nation you'd think it was one big game of D&D!

07/11/13 4:24 am

It's because a minority wants to be treated special and not have to be accountable, and work hard for things. They just expect things because they exist.

bnnt Los Angeles
07/10/13 8:58 pm

I can't wait for a law making discriminating against stupid people illegal.

07/10/13 8:55 pm

I said yes because so many are just so cold hearted towards heavy people. And that is not ethically or morally correct.

07/10/13 8:35 pm

I said no only because in some jobs you have to be physically capable to do hard tasks but other than those jobs I would say yes there should not be discrimination based in weight.

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
07/10/13 8:32 pm

Soon, we'll have 90% of the population in a protected class. The remaining 10% will be straight white physically fit males between the ages of 21 and 49. And, they will be discriminated against for being so strange and different...

07/10/13 7:27 pm

Obesity is a national scourge. Making it a protected class would only seem to condone it. More should be done to discourage it and help those who are obese, not to throw up our hands and say it's acceptable.