Mayor Eric Adams signs bill banning weight discrimination in New York
Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has banned weight discrimination in New York, which critics say has lawyers licking their chops.
Adams on Friday signed a controversial bill banning discrimination based on a person’s weight and height in employment, housing and public accommodations.
“I’m a person who believes in health, so when you talk about not discriminating against someone because of their body type, that’s not fighting obesity, that’s just being fair,” he said. said Adams.
“So I think it’s the right thing to do,” he continued. “We’re going to keep talking about our progressive health program. Science has shown that body type isn’t related to health or ill health, and I think that’s a misnomer we’re dispelling. Really.”
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The city’s Human Rights Commission will investigate complaints about weight and height, adding to more than two dozen other areas of review, including race, gender and age.
Critics, meanwhile, took aim at the bill, saying it would lead to a court day for lawyers and a deluge of lawsuits.
New York City Council Republican Minority Leader Joseph Borelli said the law could open the floodgates for people to “sue anyone and anything.”
“I’m overweight, but I’m not a victim,” Borelli said, according to Daily Mail. “No one should feel bad for me except my struggling shirt buttons.”
The New York Post editorial board called the bill “a big giveaway to New York’s legal sharks.”
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The law is part of a spreading trend in the United States. The New York Times reported that lawmakers in New Jersey and Massachusetts are considering similar measures, while other places like Michigan, Washington State and Washington, DC, are already banning it.
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“Health justice” has also become a waking agenda item at universities across the country, as progressive scholars have taken steps to eliminate “fatphobia,” or the cultural stigma of obesity, including removing the word “obesity” itself, Fox News Digital previously reported.