By jingle / Friday 25 May 2012 11:18 / United States - Wilmington
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  Tali147  |  16

You could probably find a job at a gym. They like to hire skinny people. That is pretty weird that you can get fired for being skinny. I thought there were laws in America against things like that?

  gracehi  |  31

There are laws against employment discrimination in the US but I'm pretty sure they only apply to race, religion, and gender, not body type. In "at will employment" states, an employer can fire you for any reason excluding those three, or for no reason at all.


^True, but if OP got the job within the past few weeks, then the employer is allowed to fire them for any reason they deem relevant.

Not that I agree with it, because I don't. I've just seen it listed on a few job applications I've filled out.

  hooligyn123  |  18

There is in *some* states laws for unfair dismissal. However to get around this most employers will put down things like "Unfit for work place" or "Unreconcilable differences" or some such nonsense they can legally get away with. Unless they have written proof they fired them for being too skinny, it likely wouldn't hold since most employment is "At will"

  gracehi  |  31

I looked up "unfair dismissal." According to my research the termination has to violate an employment contract, a specific jurisdiction law, company policy, or fit a particular criteria. Unless there is a written legal reason OP can't be fired based on body weight, "wrongful dismissal" doesn't apply

  evilplatypus  |  36

52 - Firing based on race or religion violates federal law; it is an exception to "at will" laws. Pregnancy is understandable because it can interfere with your ability to perform certain functions of your job (depending on your job).

  chemchic  |  7

Well my husband got fired a while back for our religion... so I'm not sure what you're trying to say. They don't put it in writing so it's always a he said she said issue.

By  gracehi  |  31

Solution: Get a new job at an anorexic rehabilitation center. Perhaps the clients there will be more cheerful.

  evilplatypus  |  36

Yeah. I'd have a lot more faith in a "weight loss center" with skinny employees than one with fat employees. If the employees weren't skinny, I wouldn't have any faith in the establishment or it's practices.

By  xPhoBiuHzZz  |  1

If you say skinny really slowly it sounds like anorexia. Yea I'm high.

By  MRosellini  |  2

You keep telling yourself that

By  yankfan89  |  27

That is a stupid reason. That's like firing a personal trainer because they are too fit and muscular. Be proud of your body. I would consider filing a wrongful termination suit but you probably don't want to work for those people anyway.

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