New York City Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Fat People
A New York City bill that passed Thursday would outlaw discrimination against fat people.
The legislation passed in a 44-5 vote by the City Council Thursday makes it illegal to factor physical characteristics like height and weight into hiring practices, housing or in public accommodation, according to The Hill.
In NYC, we pride ourselves on our diversity.
I am so honored to stand with @NAAFAofficial and @RWDSU this morning to protect all workers, tenants, and NYers facing appearance-based discrimination.
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— Council Member Shaun Abreu (@CMShaunAbreu) February 28, 2023
The appearance-based characteristics are now among the legal list of protected identifiers, among other categories like race, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.
City Council Member Shaun Abreu of NYC Council District 7 introduced the bill, partnered with the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, according to ABC7NY.
“The law is designed to help those where weight has nothing to do with the essential job functions of a role,” Abreu said. “Just like any other protected category, like race or gender or age, this will be a new protected category and a claim that you can bring before the Commission on Human Rights.”
Activist Victoria Abraham, a self-proclaimed ‘Fat Fab Feminist,’ supports the legislation and testified to the city council earlier this year, according to Daily Mail.
“In most places in the United States, you can get fired for being fat and have no protection at all, which is crazy because this is a very fat country,” Abraham said.
The 22-year-old NYU graduate has a degree in public policy and 120,000 followers on social media.