Weight in the Workplace: An Employer’s Prerogative or an Employee’s Right?

By Suzanne Crampton and John Hodge.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

There is an alarming increase in obesity rates and weight discrimination in the U.S. While there is evidence that obesity is a disease, perceptions that weight gain is a choice continue. Consequently, weight discrimination is rampant in our society and affects all aspects of employment. Can employers specify weight requirements in job positions or should employees be left alone and allowed to keep weight a personal issue?

Keywords: Obesity, Discrimination, Workplace

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 802.626KB).

Dr. Suzanne Crampton

Professor of Management, Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, USA

Dr. Suzanne Crampton is a Professor of Management at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Michigan State University and has published articles in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management, and labor relations.

Dr. John Hodge

Professor of Management, Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, USA

Dr. John Hodge is a Professor of Management at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business. He received his doctorate from Western Michigan University and has published several articles and book reviews in the areas of human resource management and labor relations covering such topics as problem employees, diversification, and employment laws.

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