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How height and weight discrimination targets both genders

Who doesn’t want to lose a few pounds or wish they could be a little taller? These desires are completely understandable. However, what if something like this directly influences the amount of pay your employer offers you? Employers may try to deny this connection, but studies have shown otherwise.

Height and weight impacts income level

A recent study assessed over 120,000 employees throughout the United Kingdom. It revealed a significant relationship between worker’s socioeconomic level and height and weight status. Overweight females scored lower in job earnings as did shorter men.

According to these results, women weighing a mere 15 pounds over their peers were among those disadvantaged in pay. Men with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) also ranked lower on the income scale but not as much as overweight females.

Height discrimination for men

Taller men tend to earn higher amounts and get promoted more easily at work. The recent findings appear to support this idea. An increase of 2 and half inches boosted annual earnings by $4,200. The taller the male employee, the higher the income level and job role that employee received.

Is this illegal?

Sex discrimination is illegal as well as disabilities. A high BMI could be the result of a disability, which could lead to a lawsuit. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws to protect you against discrimination at work.

Both genders are at risk for being the target of unlawful discrimination. Although women are primarily the victims of gender discrimination, men also feel the snub of unfair earnings and advancement. If you suspect your height, weight or gender has been the reason for lower pay or advancement, seek help right away. Legal resources exist to fight these unfortunate issues.

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