Lawsuits alleging obesity discrimination may soon become a significant challenge to employers in the United States and the United Kingdom. In both countries, interest groups and government bodies are lecturing about the workplace discrimination said to be suffered by those who are obese.

Groups contending that current discrimination laws do not adequately address the problem have increased in number, and they are actively lobbying the U.S. and U.K. governments. Even if no new statutes are enacted, litigation is likely to become more common on both sides of the Atlantic. Employers would be wise to address the issue now.

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