New York City enacts law barring discrimination based on weight

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New York City just enacted a law banning discrimination against height or weight . Mayor Eric Adams, who just slashed the city’s budget by 5 percent across the board, signed the bill in the spring. This means that in addition to other protected characteristics like age, gender, race, or religion, a person’s weight and height will also be considered protected identifiers under the law.

The law will bring fat discrimination under the jurisdiction of New York’s Commission on Human Rights. This is the body that heads up discrimination issues for other identifiers and characteristics, such as LGBTQ, race, etc. Commissioner Annabel Palma said, at the time the bill was signed, that “Most forms of appearance-based discrimination have persisted unchecked.”

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