Stop Texas Hospital From Discriminating Against Obese Employees

Target: CEO David Brown of Citizens Medical Center

Goal: Remove policy that requires employees to have a body mass index less than 35.

A Texas hospital created a hiring policy over a year ago that requires applicants to have a body mass index of 35 or less, discriminating against overweight employees. Citizens Medical Center’s CEO David Brown says the rule caters to the hospital’s patients who are mainly over 65 and “have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance.” Sign this petition and tell Citizens Medical Center that this is discriminatory and superficial.

Sadly, this is not illegal because Texas law states an employer cannot discriminate against race, age, or religion but says nothing about weight. It does violate federal law, which could cause a lawsuit against the hospital, but surprisingly most states do not have laws protecting against weight discrimination. Hopefully, some day better laws will protect against all forms of discrimination but law or not, this hospital should not be endorsing this behavior.

Overweight people are not always unhealthy and should not be denied a job they are qualified to perform. This hospital is enacting a policy blatantly discriminating against obese people and saying they care more about appearance than qualified workers. Sign this petition and tell Citizens Medical Center that you do not condone any type of discrimination.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear CEO David Brown of Citizens Medical Center,

Your hiring policy requiring employees to have a body mass index less than 35 is not only discriminatory but also superficial. The fact that your patients “have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance” is appalling. A policy created because of a physical appearance necessity is wrong.

Personal appearance is not indicative of health and should not be part of a worker’s qualifications. Although your policy does not violate Texas law, it is still discrimination and should not be a determinate in whether someone can perform a job well. Please end this discrimination and remove your policy requiring employees to have a BMI less than 35.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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