Is obesity protected by ADA? Virginia federal court weighs in

A spate of recent lawsuits is requiring courts in Virginia and around the country to wrestle with whether an employer violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if it refuses to hire or fires an employee for being overweight. Medical experts have said we're facing an obesity epidemic, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found almost 40 percent of American adults are obese. Therefore, how the courts address ADA coverage for obesity will have a profound impact on how broadly the statute's protections extend in the workplace.

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