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BAE Systems sued by EEOC for firing obese worker

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against BAE Systems after it fired Ronald Kratz, an employee who is obese.

According to the EEOC, BAE Systems considered Kratz to be disabled after he gained more than 200 pounds while working there.  BAE also allegedly refused to discuss whether reasonable accomodations were possible that would have enabled Kratz to perform his job duties.

R.J. Ruff, a district director at the EEOC Houston District Office, said “The law prohibits an employer from firing a morbidly obese worker who can perform his essential job duties, with or without reasonable accommodation.”

BAE Systems sued by EEOC for firing obese worker
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