Jamie Reidy comments on a Texas hospital’s possibly discriminatory policy against hiring obese workers.
HLN’s Craig Johnson reports that Citizens Medical Center, located in Victoria, TX, is requiring:
its employees “fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional”… Potential employees must have a BMI of less than 35 (185 lbs for someone who is 5-1; or 265 lbs for someone who is 6-1).
This approach is legal in Texas, as well as many other states.
I really don’t see the big deal. (Pun intended.)
Employees at a medical center should look healthy! They also shouldn’t be smokers; it’s hard for a physician to tell a patient to lay off the cigarettes when the orderly reeks of Marlboro Lights.
I wouldn’t go to an overweight personal trainer, or a dentist with bad teeth, either. Ditto a dermatologist with a tan, or a tattoo artist with “Moom” on his arm.
Do you think this hospital’s policy is fair?
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