Height, weight won't be protected in Utah anti-discrimination law for now

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  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    March 9, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    Have we come so far to have to legislate every single part of our existence? Sadly, people do judge and do continue to discriminate. Will there be a law not to discriminate between a brand new 2013 BMI M3 and a 1970's Gremlin? They are both cars, both transport people, yet one is flashier and newer than the other. I think it is horrible that people are discriminated against because of their height and weight, but it is even sadder when an employer doesn't even give a person an opportunity to prove their worth.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 6, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    This is garbage. What is next, discrimination based on looks. How about discrimination based on body oder or hair color or ability.

    I want to play in the symphony, but they are discriminating against me because I don't have the same abilities as their current members. Is that fair?

    What the people who wanted this bill passed should be asking themselves is this: Would you want to work for somebody who discriminated against overwight people?

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    March 6, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    If height or weight will have a detrimental effect on whether or not a worker can competently do his/her job, then of course the employer will (and should) discriminate. They are paying for that worker's services, after all, not running a charity. It's unrealistic to expect companies to make major changes in accommodations for the very few, or the one person who requires them. While it's unfortunate and seemingly unfair that this will keep some people from their "dream jobs", the reality is that life isn't always fair.