What can i do about discrimination

An incident happened at my work my bosses claim may have happened on my shift they had no proof. I tried to explain that me being the only staff there after 6 pm watching 5 guys with intellectual disabilities plus cooking, cleaning and giving their meds I cannot see everything that goes on especially if I am in the bathroom or in the office preparing meds. I am a big guy not disabled just overweight they asked me if I would like a different shift I declined and explained my shift works out for my family. They told me they thought the other shift may accommodate me better because I would not have to get up and move around as much, I feel as if this was directed towards my weight seeing as I have successfully handled my job for almost 4 years. They also suggested that I fix my schedule where I don’t go to the bathroom after 6 pm I am there from 1 pm – 11 pm so they do not want me to use the bathroom for 5 hours?

Asked on October 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Weight is not a protected category or characteristic, unfortunately. That means that your employer or coworkers may "discriminate" against you due to your weight because it is only illegal discrimination if it is directed towards a protected category or characteristic--but, as stated, weight is not protected by law.


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