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Obesity Covered

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently settled a lawsuit in which it declared that morbid obesity is a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. David M. Katz, an attorney with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., notes that employers should take special care when making decisions about employees based on workers’ weight or those that would adversely affect overweight employees.