After a recent influx of obese passengers, Boston’s Emergency Medical Services will begin using an ambulance that is equipped with a hydraulic lift.  Other U.S. cities have already starting using ambulances equipped for overweight passengers, including Kansas City, Las Vegas and Omaha.  Between 2000 and 2005 the obese population in America increased 75 percent.  To spare the crews’ backs and necks, the ambulance’s retrofitting will cost $12,000 and it will also carry a stretcher that can hold 850 pounds which costs $8,000.  Read more.

The issue of obesity is a major concern in the United States.  Weight based discrimination, for example, is getting increased attention amongst aggrieved persons.  Weight discrimination is not protected under New York law and 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.  People who experience weight discrimination in the U.S. must pursue legal recourse through other indirect avenues.  These people can look to 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.  The attorneys at Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C., represent discrimination claims in all forms in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island.  For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-800-585-4658. Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C.’s website is located at www.lmblaw.com