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

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

No, at least in Washington, where the state's Supreme Court hasruled hat obesity is covered by the Washington Law AgainstDiscrimination, which offers protection for those with disabilities.

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Marlene Satter

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