NYC Poised to Pass Bill Banning Size Discrimination

New York City is taking a major step toward ending size discrimination. The city appears poised to pass a bill that would make height and weight a protected class, joining other characteristics like race, gender, and disability.

The proposed bill would outlaw discrimination based on a person's weight or height in jobs, housing, and public accommodations. This means that employers could not deny someone a job because of their size, landlords could not refuse to rent to someone because of their weight or height, and restaurants or theaters could not turn away customers for the same reasons.

If passed, New York City would be the first city in the United States to enact such legislation. However, some states are also looking into the issue. Last year, Michigan introduced similar legislation that has yet to pass.

Supporters of the bill argue that it is necessary given widespread prejudice against people who are overweight or tall. Research has shown that taller people earn more money on average than shorter people and are seen as more competent and authoritative by others. Meanwhile, overweight individuals face negative stereotypes about their health habits and self-control.

Opponents of the bill say it will be difficult to enforce and could lead to frivolous lawsuits against businesses. They also argue that physical appearance is different from immutable characteristics like race or gender.

Despite these objections, many activists see this as an important step forward in creating a more equitable society for all body types. As one supporter put it: "Size should never be used as an excuse for discrimination."