Fat people should be allowed to come to work an hour late, in order to miss rush hour, as well as other protections, according to Prof Stephen Bevan a member of Public Health England’s advisory board, The Mirror.
He suggests that fat should be classified as a “protected characteristic” which would mean discrimination based on waist size would be illegal.
In the United States, protected characteristics are almost all “immutable” characteristics as well–that is things you can’t change. Federal law recognizes race, color, national origin, religion, gender (including pregnancy), disability, age (if the employee is at least 40 years old), and citizenship status. Only religion and citizenship are things that are changeable, although some would argue gender is also not immutable.
Fat is not currently protected under US federal law (nor under UK law, but this professor is arguing it should be), and it should remain that way. (Some local and state laws declare obesity a protected class.) Being fat is not an immutable characteristic, nor is it a fundamental part of your life the way religion is.
This is not to say that fat people don’t face discrimination. They do.
To keep reading, click here: UK Expert: Fat People Should Receive Privileges at Work