Job Candidate Accuses Google of Discriminating Against Overweight Applicants

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nauc

Guess she's never heard of Chris DiBona, who fukin ROCKS!!! btw!

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X

Sounds like google is looking out for their insurance premiums.

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tetlecie

i do not support any form of discrimination, after all i am black but people should seriously consider living healthier lives and alot of companies should promote that..... after all enough of tax payers money is going into health for alot of complications that could have been avoided if people picked up they lazy butts and exercise a few times a week 

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Hg Dragon

Wouldn't a simple medical physical requirement be kosher and accomplish the same goal? That way they can say that they want to promote a "healthy, active work environement" while caring for the well-being of their employees, who let's face it, will be doing a lot of ass-sitting throughout the day, and still weed out any "persons of size" they want.

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rfinefrock

The ugly truth is that all forms of discrimination take place all the time.  I’m over 50 years of age and have had a hard time in the past getting seriously considered for some jobs.  I befriended a couple of “headhunters” for a major US company and finally got them to come clean.  They told me that hiring managers will give them boundaries of who they can send to them for interviews.  Many times they will give them an age range and other “we don’t talk about” guidelines.  They flat out told me that age discrimination is rampant in the US.  I would not be surprised at all if body weight was used to eliminate candidates.    Life is not fair…..stop the planet, I want to get off.  :-)

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ShyLinuxGuy

Google's probably afraid of the overweight employees leaving no food/snacks left in the breakrooms for other employees to enjoy.

Seriously though, this isn't a fashion design company. What matters is talent and ability, dedication and the ability to be trusted. Sure, a cute slender blonde may be a good thing (and it IS!!!) but at least for talent, looks and size represent nothing and isn't relevant. Their rationalizations that overweight people have lower morale is inconclusive at the least, there's some really great people who have a weight problem. As for the hospitals not bringing in doctors, RNs, whatever, they are really missing out because I have an aunt who has a weight problem who is one of the head triage RNs of a pretty big hospital who has received many awards and certificates and is well-respected by her peers. She's also earning an MSN right now from U of W, which is a great medical school. That would be really pathetic to reject someone like her with a lot of qualities behind them just because of their weight problem.

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yardGNOME

Fat or not, what "if" the overweight person was heavy due to a  medical condition (thyroid for one) now wouldn't that be discrimination?

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MattyMattMatt

I know one person that works for Google and he is a fat fuck and knows it. Whether or not being a massively obese slob stops you from getting a position, completely depends on the position. Apply for a position in a gym, I'm sure they'll hire you.

 

Without having someone independent look at the requirements for the position and the fat people's qualification, we cannot really say shit. For all we know this position requires her to move around the office quickly. Something fat people are incapable of.

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Ghok

By some of these comments you'd think no one else has ever met a fat person who is actually skilled at something. I mean, in the tech industry? Come on.

That said, unless they've got some evidence of Google actually having a policy of just not hiring fat people, this is just speculation, and I will widthhold my outrage.

When hiring people, most get left behind. You can be judged on anything, and it's not always fair, but that's life.

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TerribleToaster

 

I'd agree with you if this was about skilled labor, but it's not. They said in the article "administration position". Administration requires you to be sociable, likable, and to set a good example of how to live for your employees. Obesity tends to correlate (note that I didn't say cause) with habits that are the antithesis of these values. These values aren't just a part of the job like it is in the case of skilled labor but rather are the job in Administration.  

 

Plus, obesity in America is about as rare as water in the ocean. When your a giant corporation like Google, you literally can't afford to not look at fat people (30% of America's workforce is obese, more so in office related jobs).

 

How I see it, they probably avoided her because they realized that she is vindictive. And since she's vindictive this is her revenge.

 

 

 

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CaptainFabulous

Or maybe, just maybe, the kind of well-roundedness that she and the other fatties had were not exactly the kind of well-roundedness they were looking for.

Oh, and being fat is not a protected class. So even if there were discriminated against for being fatties (which is unlikely, at least directly), there is no law against doing so.

But buck up. Go have a super-sized McMeal or a bucket of KFC. You'll feel much better.

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D00dlavy

Let's try to be a little more socially sensitive, CaptainFabulous.

If you're as gay as your name, I'm positive you've experienced some discrimination before.  While people make themselves fat, it's still an incredibly difficult situation to be in.  The most overweight I’ve been was fifteen pounds, and I’m damn near ideal weight again, but I’ll tell you people reacted different to me... and that was just fifteen fucking pounds.

Being 25+ pounds overweight must be a living hell.

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CaptainFabulous

It's a situation they've brought upon themselves. And while I can fully support someone who is heavy and wants to finally be free of it I can't support people who constantly use their size as an excuse for all the failings in their life.

It never crossed this woman's mind that perhaps the reason they didn't hire any of these women wasn't because they were all unqualified in one way or another, but simply because they were fatties (her word, not mine). And then of course to be followed by mountains of faux outrage and the obligatory "Google hates fat people" media coverage.

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titan8813

Every HR department has to discriminate against every job candidate except one - the one who actually gets the job.  Whether you're discriminated against because you're not as smart, don't have as much experience, are ugly, fat, whatever, it's up to the employer to make that call, in will-to-work states (where you can be hired or fired, or quit, for whatever reason).  Only the Big 8 federally protected classes (age, race, religion, etc) are off-limits for exclusion from employment, and in some cases your race actually gives you an ADVANTAGE because of affirmative action (i.e. reverse racism).  But that's a whole other story completely.

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Recidivist

" Google wanted to see..."that you're well-rounded." " They clearly didn't.

 

Have you seen the Google HQ? Does seem like they would perfer active people - but not all over-weight people are inactive.

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big_montana

And how is this discriminatory? In Michigan where I live, we have hospitals’ that have announce policies where they will not hire smokers or overweight people. Plus, they have given their current employees a certain amount of time to quit smoking and lose weight or lose their jobs. This is about cutting health care costs, as obese people and smokers have higher health care costs, nothing more, and these Michigan policies have withstood court challenges. She wants to work for Google, then get in shape.

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Brdn666

Yeah, being overweight is not a good sign about your work ethic, in general. 

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TerribleToaster

I doubt Google deined them beacuse of them being fat but rather beacuse they lived an unhealthy lifestyle (which may be the reason they are fat).

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haboh

Exactly, correlation not causation and all that. This being discimitnation makes no sense. At least IMO discimination only applies when it's unfounded (i.e. race; there's no credible evidence blacks are smarter than asians, vise versa etc). Someone being fat actually says something about that person (in almost all cases at least), especially if they had questions about fitness and lifestyle! 

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chronium

That's still discriminating.

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MaximumMike

Every hiring decision is an act of discrimination. Only certain forms of discrimination are illegal. This is probably not one.

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big_montana

No,  it is not. Hospitals in Michigan have hiring policies where they will not hire you if your are overweight or are a smoker. They also applied the policy to current workforce as well, giving them a set amount of time to lose weight/quit smoking or lose their jobs.

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Brdn666

Not hiring someone because they are underqualified is also discriminating. 

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D00dlavy

...I'm sewing!

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Ghok

Sewing a useful skill! It shows you're well rounded and have outside interests. Google should hire you. :)

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TerribleToaster

"...I'm sewing!"

Are you making an Afghan?

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D00dlavy

Don't be a goddamn racist.

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