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Blog Under Criticism: “Should Fatties Get a Room? (Even On TV?)”

By Leeds Brown Law | November 16, 2010

Maura Kelly, blogger for magazine Marie Claire, created quite the buzz over her most recent blog on CBS TV show Mike & Molly, a show that centers around a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group.  Maura Kelly wrote “I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.”  Kelly continues, “To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room.”  Kelly was blasted on the internet, as well as several news programs, for her crude remarks.  Kelly issued a statement on her blog, apologizing for her offensive comments, admitting that what she wrote was unnecessary and unproductive.  Kelly admitted to struggling with her own body image issues, having battled with anorexia in the past.  Full Blog: marieclaire.com

The concerns over obesity continue to grow in the United States.  Weight based discrimination continues to receive increasing attention, especially in the legal area.  Unfortunately, because weight discrimination is not protected under New York law, there are few legal options available for individuals who suffer weight discrimination.  To date, there are no federal laws that exist to prohibit discrimination based on weight.  Michigan is the only state that has weight discrimination law on the books.  The vast majority of people who experience weight discrimination in the U.S. must pursue legal recourse through other indirect avenues.  Obese individuals have depended on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Most cases filed under these categories pertain to weight-based discrimination in employment settings, and only a few cases have been successful.  In addition, whether it is appropriate for obesity to be considered a “disability” under the ADA is questionable.  If you are discriminated against based on your weight, it is important to contact an experienced employment attorney.

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