We’ve posted before about the “next big thing” in employment discrimination: obesity-based bias. (See Is Obesity the Next Protected Class? and U.S. Businesses Recognize the High Cost of Obesity–Should Delaware Employers Do the Same?)
It has been speculated that, as the cost of health care continues to rise, employers will continue to charge employees higher premiums based on certain health-related factors. Today, it’s employees who smoke. Tomorrow will it be employees who are overweight? French employees don’t have to worry about this potential problem.
The French parliament has been working on a law that would make it a crime to promote extreme thinness. Fashion industry experts have opposed the efforts, claiming that there should not be a legal boundary on beauty standards.
Source: Fox News.com