The Nation: The Scales of Injustice

In a society that provides strong legal sanctions against discrimination based on race, religion and sex, where can an aspiring bigot turn for victims these days? Robert Half, president of a New York-based personnel agency, claims he has ferreted out an as yet unforbidden social prejudice: against the fat. Half—5 ft. 10 in. and 150 Ibs.—surveyed 15,000 executives across the nation and discovered that of those earning $25,000 to $45,000 per year, only 9% were more than 10 Ibs. overweight. In the $10,000 to $20,000 bracket, however, fully 40% were. Half s conclusion: the fat executive is being grossly underpaid and...

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