The Penalty for Fatness: Obesity Discrimination and the Traditional Civil Rights Approach (Tuesday 26 August 2008)
A successful case could be made against obesity discrimination in the workplace, in education or in financial matters via either the Civil Rights Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Employment law regulates the rights and obligations of employers and employees. Both state and federal laws govern areas such as minimum wage, overtime pay, employee benefits and workplace safety.
Employment discrimination claims are categorized as desparate treatment or adverse impact. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accepts and investigates discrimination claims.
The hiring process involves several steps between the employer and any job applicant. Everything from the employer’s advertising of an open position to the termination of an employee is regulated by law.
Hiring Resources and Definitions
Select definitions regarding the hiring process and resources for more information
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal laws prohibiting workplace discrimination.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is offensive conduct directed at an employee simply because of his or her sex.
Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects certain job applicants and employees who either currently are disabled, used to be disabled or are incorrectly perceived to be disabled.
Information for Employers
Employers have legal remedies to prevent employment discrimination, respond to a discrimination claim and defend against a discrimination suit.
Other Types of Discrimination
Employment discrimination claims may be filed for equal pay, religious observances, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Common Discrimination Claims
Claims based on race, age, disability and sex are commonly filed for employment discrimination.
Labor and Employment Law
Employment and labor law research materials including links to websites, blogs, journals, associations and research guides.