Eric Adams signs law banning discrimination based on weight or height

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Eric Adams signs law banning discrimination based on weight or height

Jenny Goldsberry

May 26, 08:44 PM May 26, 08:45 PM

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed a bill Friday banning discrimination based on weight or height.

The law will prevent employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination within or related to New York City. Those who suspect they’ve been subjected to unfair bias can file complaints to the city’s Human Rights Commission within one year of the last instance.


“It shouldn’t matter how tall you are or how much you weigh when you’re looking for a job, are out on the town, or trying to rent an apartment,” Adams said. “This law will help level the playing field for all New Yorkers, create more inclusive workplaces and living environments, and protect against discrimination.”

HRC Chairwoman Annabel Palma said the legislation comes as “most forms of appearance-based discrimination have persisted unchecked.” It will continue to help the commission’s goal to “cultivate an equitable city for all.”

The bill was introduced by Councilman Shaun Abreu after it was created by District Leader Lydia Green. The NYC Council approved the bill earlier this month. Green said she had the idea “to protect against the harassment and discrimination fat people face on a daily basis.”

Nearly three-quarters, or 73.6%, of adults 20 and older are either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 41.9% of the public are obese or morbidly obese, the data say.

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