In an on-line article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 30, 2013, Russ Riggan, an attorney with Riggan Law Firm, LLC in St. Louis, was quoted on issues relating to obesity and its role in unlawful disability discrimination. To read a copy of the article, click here.
Obesity is a serious problem for many U.S. workers. Sometimes, obesity can lead to medical problems that amount to a "disability" as that term is defined by federal and/or state law. Persons with disabilities are legally protected from unlawful workplace discrimination. Also, federal and state law requires covered employees to provide disabled employees with reasonable workplace accommodations, which may include time off work to recover from or seek treatment for their disabilities, potentially including medical problems relating to obesity.
If you believe your employer has unlawfully discriminated against you, or if you want to learn more about your rights, you should contact a St. Louis employment lawyer at the firm.