New York City bans height, weight discrimination

New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams signed laws Friday that can ban discrimination primarily based on physique dimension by including weight and peak to the checklist of protected classes reminiscent of race, intercourse and faith.

“All of us deserve the identical entry to employment, housing and public lodging, no matter our look, and it shouldn’t matter how tall you’re or how a lot you weigh,” stated the mayor, who joined different elected officers in addition to fat-acceptance advocates at a Metropolis Corridor bill-signing ceremony.

Adams, a Democrat who revealed a e-book about reversing his diabetes by a plant-based food plan, stated the ordinance “will assist stage the enjoying discipline for all New Yorkers, create extra inclusive workplaces and dwelling environments, and defend towards discrimination.”

Exemptions beneath the ordinance, which the metropolis council handed this month, embrace circumstances by which a person’s peak or weight may stop them from performing important capabilities of a job.

Some enterprise leaders expressed opposition to the laws when it was earlier than the council, arguing that compliance may grow to be an onerous burden.

“The extent of the affect and price of this laws has not been absolutely thought-about,” Kathy Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York Metropolis, stated in an announcement.

A number of different U.S. cities have banned discrimination primarily based on weight and bodily look, together with San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin. And laws to ban weight and peak discrimination has been launched in states together with New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Tigress Osborn, the chair of the Nationwide Affiliation to Advance Fats Acceptance, stated New York Metropolis’s weight discrimination ban ought to function a mannequin for the nation and the world.

Osborn stated the town’s adoption of the brand new ordinance “will ripple throughout the globe” and present that “discrimination towards individuals primarily based on their physique dimension is improper and is one thing that we are able to change.”

The ordinance will take impact in 180 days, on Nov. 22.

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