Two recent court rulings have employers on edge about employees with serious weight problems because one little accident may force them to pay thousands to get the weight off. That's what's happened to an Indiana pizza shop, which was ordered to pay for a 340-pound employee's weight-loss surgery to ensure the success of a separate operation for a work-related back injury. The ruling mirrors a similar case in Oregon. The rulings are a sign of things to come, warn management-side lawyers.
Obese Employees Injured at Work Add on Weight-Loss Surgery
The National Law Journal
September 16, 2009