Harrassment Is a Hot Topic Today

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Harassment against overweight people.

Harassment is a hot topic in today’s world. People are stepping up and saying how we treat gays, minorities, pay wages, women, are hot topics for discrimination, and we are not going to ignore it anymore. However, through these groups there is one particular group that gets overlooked or even to some, think these people should be treated horribly because they are overweight and are those who caused themselves to be this way. In America at the time of 2010 the percentage of overweight people were up to over 63% and rising. (Hendrick, 2010). This particular group should be heard and not picked on, should have laws to protect those who mean harm to them. Also with this particular group, are women harassed more than men and are women judge far more harshly for being obesed compared to men that are merely thought of as being big boned. In today’s world, harassment against any person in the world is not easily tolerated, but for obese women it is something that is not really talked about and happens more often than not. As of today there are a few states and cities that will recognize people are overweight are protected legally under the civil and human rights. (Puhl, 2012 ). While victims of harassment and discrimination have tried to get restitution in different states that they are not covered in under the Disability Act of 1990. The Disability Act of 1990 defines disability as those with a personal or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities (Puhl, 2012 ) is covered under them. However, those that are obese and tried to get restitution through the court system prior to 2009 (Puhl, 2012 ) and used ADA as a way to show they were disable and discrimination against had to prove that them being overweight was physiological cause, (Puhl, 2012 ), before being heard through the court system, most people could…...

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