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Scale Casey Taylor, a former Marine, had his job offer from BNSF Railway rescinded because his body mass index was 41.3, “severely obese.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are multiple federal and state regulations that carve out protections against discrimination for a variety of reasons–age, race, gender, etc.–but what about weight?  If a person is obese but otherwise capable of doing the job, can an employer to refuse to hire them?

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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