The author thanks Patricia Roehling, Patrick Wright, and Benjamin Dunford for their helpful comments regarding an earlier draft of this manuscript.
WEIGHT-BASED DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Volume 52, Issue 4, pages 969–1016, December 1999
How to Cite
ROEHLING, M. V. (1999), WEIGHT-BASED DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS. Personnel Psychology, 52: 969–1016. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.1999.tb00186.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
This article takes an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of weight-based discrimination in employment, drawing on diverse literatures (psychology, law, sociology, economics), and integrating a review of empirical research and a traditional legal analysis. First, empirical research that focuses on the extent of bias against overweight individuals in employment contexts is reviewed and evaluated. Second, current legal requirements relevant to weight-based discrimination in employment are identified and discussed, and those requirements are applied to the research findings to assess the extent to which the weight-based bias identified in the reviewed studies involves illegal discrimination. Third, based on the results of the review of the research and legal literatures, future research directions are offered and practical implications for employers and policy makers are identified.