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How Far do US Discrimination Laws Extend?

In 1991, the Supreme Court decided, in the companion cases of EEOC v. Arabian American Oil Co. and Boureslan v. Arabian American Oil Co. , that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal statute which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex...

Is Morbid Obesity a Disability under Federal Employment Law?

Recently, the EEOC sued a Texas company, alleging that the company engaged in disability discrimination, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act , when it fired a 680-pound worker because he was morbidly obese. Is morbid obesity considered an ADA disability? As discussed here on...

Can an Employer Discriminate Against an Obese Employee?

There is no federal law that specifically prohibits obesity discrimination. But is the Americans with Disabilities Act broad enough to cover discrimination against the obese? Well, if you read my blog regularly -- Hi Dad! -- you know that a hyper-obese Homer Simpson is not disabled , but this 680...

Can You Discriminate Against a Volunteer?

The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability set out the rights and obligations regarding employees, but what about volunteers? A reader of this blog (thanks Angie!) has asked about the application of these laws when recruiting volunteers. Human rights codes across...