Is obesity a disability? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it is. The agency filed suit on behalf of a woman fired for being overweight, claiming violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The plaintiff, Lisa Harrison, worked for Resources for Human Development Inc. (RHD) in New Orleans as a prevention/intervention specialist for young children whose mothers were undergoing addiction treatment. The suit alleges that Harrison was unfairly terminated because her size didn't prevent her from performing the essential functions of her position, though RHD perceived limitations based on her obesity.