Employment discrimination may occur in a variety of settings. Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits many types of discrimination
including discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin and
religion. This means that employers are prohibited from making employment
decisions such as hiring, firing, promoting based on these categories.
In fact, Title VII makes it illegal to consider these “protected”
categories when making any employment decisions. Additionally, Congress
has also passed the Americans with Disabilities Act/Americans with Disabilities
Act Amendments Act (ADA/ADAAA) making it illegal to discriminate against
individuals with disabilities and the Age Discrimination in Employment
Act (ADEA) prohibiting age-based discrimination.
If you have questions about employment discrimination, or believe that
you may have been discriminated against, consulting with an experienced
Atlanta employment discrimination attorney is important to determine your rights.
Recently, law makers have been discussing whether protections should be
adopted for “weight discrimination.”
According to a recent report in the Washington Post, obese people are often
discriminated against in the workplace and have difficultly getting “equal
The study looked at the correlation between weight and the types of job
people are likely to hold. Research concluded that women are increasingly
less likely to work higher paying jobs and more likely to work lower paying
jobs as they become heavier. However, a similar effect wasn’t seen
on men.The author’s study points to research that shows a “woman’s
appearance is more important on the job than a man’s” as one
explanation. She also adds this particular gender pay gap may be an extension
of the more general pay gap that persists between men and women in the
The author plans to use this research in support of arguing for a sixth
protected category under Title VII.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has faced any type of workplace
discrimination, please contact the top
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.