90% won't hire the overweight - despite lawsuit threat

90% won't hire the overweight - despite lawsuit threat

Up to nine out of ten recruiting managers wouldn't hire a candidate who is obese, according to new research.

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Comments (5)

  • Brenda Clifford
    Brenda Clifford
    Tue, 17 Feb 2015 8:43am GMT
    I am not fat but I am 'top' heavy. But I come up against ageism. You see in their eyes the oh goodness not going to fit into workplace environment. But trying to prove is impossible, so usually say not up to date knowledge, doh, career spanning over 25 yrs up to Directorship! Hayho.
  • Jules
    Jules
    Sun, 8 Feb 2015 6:33pm GMT
    If being morbidly obese is likely to affect performance levels in a job (re: physical capability to perform a work activity), then it becomes an objective difference on which to make a justifiable decision to select - or not. This is not prejudice / discrimination - simply recruiting on merit in my view.
  • LestieS
    LestieS
    Tue, 3 Feb 2015 12:29pm GMT
    I am obese and disabled. I work very hard, balance a family life and have only had 3 days off sick in the last 2 years. I guess the fact that I'm not lazy comes across well as I have never been more than 3 months out of work in the last 12 years except after have my first child. I was back at work 6 weeks after my second and working from home.
  • John
    John
    Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:16am GMT
    A shame as so many people overweight and needlessly considered “obese” and or "ill"
  • ChrisS
    ChrisS
    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 1:30pm GMT
    Both the headline and some of the comments are misrepresenting the ruling: it related to someone of 25 stone so not just "overweight". So we now have the bizarre situation that if somone is a bit lardy you can discriminate if you so choose but if they are so fat er sorry "morbidly obese" that it disables them you can't.

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