SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the Utah Legislature on Tuesday discussed House Bill 132, which would prevent employers from discriminating based on height and weight, if signed into law.
The bill sparked a lot of discussion, and some laughs, in a committee meeting. The bill’s sponsor, Larry B. Wiley, (D-West Valley City), said employers sometimes judge people by their height and weight when making decisions about employment and pay scale.
Current Utah law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age and disability. Utah law also prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions.
Committee members raised doubts about how height and weight discrimination could be defined and proven, calling the proposed legislation “poor public policy” and unfair to employers.