"In recent years, there have been an increasing number of good books for big people on the subject of plus-size fashions, health, and self-esteem at any size, and how to survive as a larger person in our fatphobic culture. But not until now has anyone documented so well the legal and ethical factors that place drastic limitations on the lives of so many of our citizens every day - as well as some of the remedies."----William J. Fabrey, Director, Council on Size & Weight Discrimination
Weight is a hot topic. It arouses fear, disgust, and discrimination. This long-neglected area of legal concern affects the rights of a growing number of Americans on a daily basis.
What rights do fat people have? Are parents open to legal attack if their child is fat? Can employers discriminate? Should disability laws apply to fat people? Sondra Solovay documents cases of illegal hiring practices, workplace bias, harassment, unfair treatment, medical malpractice, and denial of public access resulting from weight-related prejudice. Telling the fascinating human stories behind precedent-setting cases and international headlines, she concludes with hopeful profiles of everyday people successfully fighting weight-based discrimination.
A landmark piece of research, TIPPING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE meets an urgent need for a text for libraries and college and graduate courses. It also provides a vital tool of legal scholarship regarding this important civil rights issue. Solovay argues that fighting weight-based discrimination is not just a concern for the courts or a problem for fat people, but a necessary goal of any just society.
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