The reported study explores sex differences in both overt and subtle forms of perceived weight discrimination in employment using original data from a telephone survey of 1,010 randomly selected residents of Michigan, the only U.S. state with a law prohibiting weight discrimination. Sex differences in the experience of overt forms of weight discrimination (e.g., refusing to hire a person) that have been consistently found in other work and non-work settings were not found in this unique legal context. However, overweight women reported experiencing subtle forms of weight discrimination (e.g., verbal harassment, exclusion from social activities) to a significantly greater extent than men. Implications for employers’ discharge of their responsibilities and for policy makers’ consideration of greater legal protection against weight discrimination are discussed.
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The reported research was supported by funding from the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.
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Roehling, M.V., Roehling, P.V. & Wagstaff, M.F. Sex Differences in Perceived Weight-Based Employment Discrimination When Weight Discrimination is Illegal. Employ Respons Rights J 25, 159–176 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10672-013-9217-y
- Weight discrimination
- Employer responsibilities