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Old 05-30-2012, 01:41 AM   #11
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I saw online today that a hospital in Texas has denied applicants due to their BMI. Meaning if you are fat then you should not apply because you will not get the job even if you are qualified. Is this acceptable do you think? And more so is it legal?
If one analyzes the current federal employment and discrimination laws, applicable to governing employers, there is no specific language making the rejection of fat applicants illegal. In addition, it is legal to reject an applicant whom is otherwise qualified through experience or education, if the applicant doesn't meet certain criteria--where there are certain standards regularly practiced and its specific to the nature of the business.

Such as, physical fitness and appearance. Think about it some. The military does this "sort of thing" all the time. They will allow someone fat to sign up, and the person may even pass all the entrance tests. But, fail agility tests, etc, your out.

For example: Most reputable businesses in which operate point of sale stations or desks, would frown on hiring a person in which had lobe rings which stretched their ear lobes down to their shoulder blades, nose rings, tattoos in which covered their face, hands, and arms, in conjunction with a male with hair down to his butt, as some would believe their appearance effects the business image they want to project to potential clients, guests, or customers.

Personally, I am for a business hiring personnel that suites their business, without breaking any laws, whether the hiring personnel likes the laws or not.

This opinion also goes for the hot topic of smoking. Though I am not a smoker, I do believe the business should be the one that decides to allow it or not, based on their best interest. This specific topic should not be spoon fed down the respective businesses' throat. They are putting in their monetary risk and providing the labor in which to make the business work and should decide for their self. The business then can work with the apposing attitudes toward the smoker and nonsmoker--which both bring in money.


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Old 05-30-2012, 05:31 PM   #12
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I second that. I find it appalling the number of obese nurses hanging around hospital doors smoking.
I agree some but yet at the same time what if the obese nurse is more qualified than the nurse who is fit? Who would you rather be in the hands of?
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I dont care what someone does in there own time, I want the qualified person dealing with me.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:25 PM   #14
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I would say that they are sort of discriminating against people who are overweight. I agree I want the qualified person saving my life as well. I do not care what they look like as long as they make me better.
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I would say that they are sort of discriminating against people who are overweight.
That is not against the law. In an employment-at-will state, you can be not hired or fired for any reason not protected by law (race, gender, age, etc). For example, my employer can fire me b/c I have a shaved head or b/c they don't like the color of the shirt I'm wearing or b/c I have brown eyes.
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I know of a place that does not hire men with long hair. If you want the job and they offer it to you the only way you will get it is to cut the hair off. Sometimes may not seem right but many times employers have the last say.
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