Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
AP photo | Mark Lennihan New research from Brigham Young University indicates that changing sleep patterns, or getting too much sleep, is related to weight gain.
House defeats bill to protect tall or fat people
First Published Mar 05 2013 11:23 am • Last Updated Mar 06 2013 09:32 am

A bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers based on their height or weight was met with skepticism Tuesday by a House committee that worried about the consequences of creating a new protected class in Utah law.

Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, worried about what accommodations employers would have to make under HB132 for a worker who is very tall, heavy or short.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

And Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, said that there are limits to what the state can do.

"If bullying is happening, that’s just dead wrong," Anderegg said. "I don’t think good public policy can accomplish all things for all people all the time."

But Rep. Larry Wiley, D-West Valley City, said that people feel that too many employers still believe it is acceptable to subtly discriminate based on height or weight, and it makes sense for the state to offer protection to them.

"You’re not living the lives these folks are living," Wiley said, "going through the trials and tribulations of having to gain or maintain employment."

Rebecca Batty told the committee that she has been the victim of discrimination because she is heavy, but had no recourse because the Utah Labor Commission doesn’t offer any workplace protections to people based on weight.

"That puts a label on me that says: ‘It’s OK. I’m fat and anyone can treat me however they want to treat me,’ " she said. "It’s a form of bullying."

Batty said the treatment was so bad at one workplace that she wanted to jump in front of a train that ran outside her office.

The committee ultimately voted 10-4 against advancing the bill to the full House for a vote, meaning it is likely dead for the session.


story continues below
story continues below

gehrke@sltrib.com

Twitter: @RobertGehrke



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.