Sunday, June 26, 2011

Did GOOGLE Reject Job Applicants Because They’re Fat?


New York City woman — let's call her Ms. G, because she signed a non-disclosure agreement — went to Google's local offices to take a test for an administrative position. She'd already had a phone interview, and now there was a test. Afterwards, at lunch, Ms. G says seven of the roughly 20 people there were politely escorted out. All seven were overweight women; everyone who stayed was thin.

Google is famous for its lifestyle perks, including in some instances, fitness classes. Ms. G says her phone interview for one of the eight positions was mostly about her non-work activities, and she got the impression they wanted to see "that you're active in your life, that you do stuff outside of work, that you're well-rounded."

Discrimination against overweight people, if that's indeed what happened, isn't specifically illegal, though the EEOC has occasionally sued on behalf of obese people citing the Americans With Disabilities Act.

As for Google, a spokesperson who was told Ms. G's story had the following comment: "We don't discriminate in our hiring process."

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