HR Strange But True!
January 12, 2012

Come January 1, we all know what happens. Gym parking lots fill up as many Americans set out to fulfill their New Year’s resolution—to lose weight. But the truth is weight issues are a national concern throughout the year and can impact anyone, including employers and employees.

Here are a few stories about weight and the workplace.

Fast-Food Employee Gains Weight, Files Suit—The company famous for “happy meals,” has at least one ex-manager who is anything but happy with the food selection at work.

Is It Wrong to Have Weight Requirements for ‘Hooters Girls’?—Only one state in the nation has a law that bans discrimination based on weight. Now, two former Hooters waitresses are attempting to take advantage of that law.

Is Your Job Bad for Your Waistline?—If you’ve gained weight while in your current job, your job itself may be partially to blame. That’s the findings of a new survey by CareerBuilder.

Hey Everybody, It’s Recess Time—at Work!—Want to increase attendance, wellness, and productivity—and reenergize your employees? Get them throwing a Frisbee, whirling a Hula Hoop, playing Simon Says, and doing other school yard activities you enjoyed as a kid by instituting “recess” time at work!

Employee Drops 100 Pounds, Then Drops from the Sky—How do you reward a worker who lost the most weight in a wellness competition? How about letting him jump out of a plane? And even stranger, the employee, who lost over 100 pounds to become the winner, is a fitness technician.

Japanese Employers Run Beer Belly Boot Camps—While you sit and worry about age and weight discrimination issues and the cost of healthcare premiums and wellness programs, your colleagues in Japan are sending all their over-40 workers to have their waists measured--and it’s perfectly legal.

A Weighty Recruitment Issue—Candidate pools are getting bigger—and heavier! A coalition of Boston researchers has found that 75 percent of candidates for an extremely strenuous job in Massachusetts are either overweight or obese, reported online research journal Obesity.

Thinking Can Make Employees Eat More, Says Study—If your employees are constantly munching at work, it’s a good sign and not the failure of your wellness program. A study at Laval University in Quebec shows that intellectual activity makes people eat more calories!

Did Billy Joel Show Discriminate?—In a lawsuit seeking $100 million, Alice Alyse alleges that the production of “Movin’ Out,” a musical set to Billy Joel songs, discriminated against her because her bust became too big while she was on leave for an injury, the Washington Post reports.

Do you have a strange but true workplace story? Tell us your tale!

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