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August ECA Best Content | Sizeism Is Real In The Workplace

September 14, 2017

Big ups to Wanda for her “Best Content” win in August! Read her full article and its analysis below.

When you think of discrimination, age, race, sex, and sexual orientation are some of the first things that come to mind. But those are not the only types of discrimination that occur in the employment arena. You may be being discriminated against based on the fact that you are very different in size from others in the workplace. This is most commonly referred to as sizeism. Are you a victim and what can you do about it? Here is some information you may want to consider.   What Exactly Is Sizeism?  Sizeism is any type of discrimination that occurs based on your physical size. While this is most commonly used to target people who are obese, you also could be victimized if you are too short, too tall, or too thin. Unfortunately, although sizeism, and in particular weight discrimination, leads to many classes of people being discriminated against, this has become socially acceptable behavior.   How Does Sizeism Affect The Workplace?  In the workplace, sizeism can be seen in varying forms from being denied a job, or a promotion, to being stereotyped. A study performed by Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity showed that overweight women are more likely to be seen as slow, lazy, undisciplined, or sloppy, and they are less likely to advance in their various careers. This type of thinking becomes an anti-fat bias.   Overweight men and women alike are paid approximately $1.50 less per hour than their thinner co-workers. It also showed that while it was OK for a male CEO to be overweight, as approximately 50 percent of them are, it was highly unlikely to see that in a female. Less than 25 percent of females have a BMI of over 30.  How Does The Law Protect You?  While it is illegal to mistreat a person unfairly or differently due to something that is beyond their control, it is not always illegal. There are employment discrimination laws on the books that protect certain classes of people such as the following:   Age Sex Race National Origin Color  There are also laws on the books that protect people with mental and physical disabilities. Unfortunately, there are no laws on the books that specifically address sizeism or obesity unless your size puts you in a position in which it becomes a disability. If that is the case, then you may be able to file suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.   For example, in the past, the courts have rejected claims that obesity was a disability but instead only saw it has a symptom of some other underlying medical condition. But now the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that under the ADA Amendments Acts signed in 2008, the threshold is much lower for what constitutes a disability, and basic obesity now qualifies without any other qualifying conditions as long as it sufficiently impacts activities of daily living such as walking, bending, digestion, etc.   There is still much work to be done in the area of sizeism to afford you the legal protections that you deserve. Laws need to be enacted on the federal, state, and local levels. But in the meantime, you may not be without recourse.  If you feel that you are or have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, you need to seek the services of an attorney from a business like the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C. They will be able to review your individual case, and give you advice on what remedies you may be entitled to. If they feel that you have a valid case, they have the experience and knowledge to go forward.


Vertical: Law

Keyword: discrimination attorney




The writer does a great job setting up context for understanding sizeism in the workplace. By explaining what constitutes sizeism and then transitioning to talking about how it occurs, she prepares readers to understand the legal side. The article also includes easy-to-understand parallels between other types of discrimination and sizeism. Overall, the writing is clear and concise, leaving little to no room for misinterpreting what sizeism is and how it affects workers. The writer also acknowledges the current shortcomings of the law when it comes to this kind of discrimination. By doing so, she helps readers understand the importance of seeking out professional legal help.


Shorter paragraphs basically always yield greater readability. It shows the writer knows how to focus their ideas and share them in a useful way. Overall, this article maintains a professional tone while ensuring readers aren’t lost by any legal jargon or complicated language.


Split into very specific sections, the article remains easy to read and follow. Because all of the information in each section is specific to the section heading/topic, that makes it even easier to understand the importance of the information. The short paragraphs, which enhance readability, consequently contribute to simple and effective organization.



Use Value:

By addressing the needs of a specific audience and dealing with an issue that’s growing in importance, the writer’s article displays true value. Therefore, it’s clear why the issue of sizeism is important, and it’s clear why legal help should be sought if sizeism is suspected. The authority of the article, thanks to the specific details and useful citations, combined with the clear language and helpful organization makes it a great resource.


This article moves away from the most common issues that arise from discrimination in the workplace and really focuses on a hot-button topic that many people may not even know about. Obviously all forms of discrimination need to be addressed, and this article provides a great basis for understanding the detrimental effects of sizeism in the workplace. As a result, the writer took the keyword and vertical pairing beyond the most obvious issues, which ultimately paid off because of their attention to detail and to the audience’s needs.

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