It is forbidden to discriminate against people on the basis of their weight, when it comes to employment and housing rights. This is the law signed into law by the Mayor of New York, Eric Adams. So weight and height are also added to the list of non-discriminatory characteristics, which already includes race, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation, according to country law. The New York Times.
The bill was approved by the New York City Council in early May, after hearing evidence about discrimination against those who are overweight or obese. Adams himself, an African-American Democrat in office since January last year, had lost 35kg on a vegan diet after it was discovered he had diabetes. Commenting on the new law, he said that work environments must be comprehensive, noting that it has been proven that body appearance is not necessarily an indicator of health. The law is part of a nationwide campaign to tackle weight discrimination: In the states of Michigan and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C., bans are already in place as lawmakers in New Jersey and Massachusetts review. Obesity rates have increased in the United States over the past two decades and more than 40% of American adults are considered obese, according to the article. nyt.
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