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Extra Pounds, Lighter Paychecks and Weight Discrimination

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Did you know that a few extra pounds may lead to a lighter paycheck?

Recent research suggests that there is a relationship between gender, earnings and obesity. Interestingly, there's a gender double-standard: thinner women tend to earn more than heavier women, but thinner men tend to earn less than heavier men.

The authors of this research state that "employers have internalized the notion that employees' weight matters." Some studies have reported that 60% of overweight women and 40% of overweight men indicate they have been victims of discrimination.

In this installment of The Proactive Employer Podcast, we'll be talking about the relationship between gender, earnings and obesity, and why some think that the expanded definition of disability under the ADAAA may lead courts to accept obesity as a disability claim.