WA Supreme Court

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court says is illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone who is obese if they are otherwise qualified for the job.

In a 7-2 ruling Thursday, the high court said obesity is covered by state antidiscrimination law.

The ruling answered an inquiry from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which asked the court to determine under what circumstances, if any, obesity qualified as an ‘impairment’ under the law.

Casey Taylor sued after the BNSF Railway Company withdrew its conditional offer of employment for an electronic technician position after a medical exam found his body mass index to be in the severely obese range.

The two dissenting justices said the majority’s ruling was too broad.

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Wash girl

That final decision is totally ridiculous ! I know of facilities that will deny consideration of medical Assistants for employment if they’re smokers . Insurance is a factor for these companies paying to fund the obvious health issues that incur with obesity. Society in general pays for the risks involved with these folks with bad habits and increased medical bills.

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