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Marathon v. AFL-CIO   (6th Circuit)

Unreasonable union document requests

The NAM filed an amicus brief in the Washington State Supreme Court arguing that obesity is not a legally protected disability unless the obesity is the result of a physiological disorder. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sent a certified question to the Washington State Supreme Court asking whether obesity is an impairment under Washington law to resolve allegations by a plaintiff that his denial of employment because he was obese constituted discrimination. An adverse ruling on this question could affect employee relations and a wide variety of business interactions negatively and could impose significant costs and uncertainty on Washington businesses. The NAM’s brief argues that defining obesity as a “per se” disability would encompass 40 percent or more of the adult population, would be at odds with legislative intent and would place significant burdens on employers.

Related Documents:
NAM brief  (December 26, 2018)


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