A Texas Hospital Bans Obese Workers. What about California?

Obesity discrimination is a hot topic in employment law. CNN recently ran an article covering a hospital in Texas that has a policy of denying job applications solely because the potential employee is obese.  Applicants for a job at Citizens Medical Center in Texas must have a Body Mass Index of less than 35 (185 lbs for someone who is 5-1; or 265 lbs for someone who is 6-1). I’ve blogged about this topic before. It isn’t new and it isn’t going away. If you want to know more about CA’s laws regarding obesity in the workplace, see my previous post.


Branigan Robertson is a California employment lawyer who exclusively represents employees in workplace disputes. He focuses his practice on sexual harassment, wage & hour, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Visit his website at BRobertsonLaw.com or call his office at 949.667.3025.

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