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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Be Careful About Hiring Obese People

Yesterday's edition of the Kansas City Star includes an article titled "Obesity becomes a workers’ comp complication". It describes situations in which workers were injured had weight loss surgery paid for by worker's comp.

One of the examples in the article states:

"...the Oregon Supreme Court said an employer must pay for surgery for an employee who suffered a workplace knee injury — not for knee replacement but for a weight-loss procedure. Decisions like those are causing employment law attorneys and human resource consultants to send an alert..."

Read the entire article here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is crazy!! It puts employers in a bad situation yes - but to discriminate against people...are we going back in time?

I'm not overweight - and not offended in the least - but this is a slippery slope indeed for both sides of the fence. It's pure BS to make workers comp pay for that type of surgery! http://www.personalsecurityplan.com/

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