By Joe Palazzolo
The above question is an important one in employment law. If the answer is “yes,” then obesity is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. That, in turn, means that obese people are afforded legal protection against discrimination based on their weight, and a sharp tool with which to enforce that protection in a court of law.
Historically, obese employees have had a tough time convincing judges they are disabled in lawsuits alleging employer discrimination, unless their obesity is a symptom of another disability. But the American Medical Association may have improved their case, according to employment lawyers. (Hat tip to Walter Olson at Overlawyered.)