HELENA, Mont. - The Montana Supreme Court says that in some cases, obesity qualifies as an impairment under the Montana Human Rights Act, potentially allowing obese people to seek greater protection against discrimination.
The divided court handed down the ruling Friday in a case between Eric Feit and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
The Helena Independent Record reports the case began in 2009, when Feit filed a complaint with the Montana Department of Labor contending that BNSF withdrew a conditional offer to hire him as a conductor trainee because the company said there were significant health and safety risks associated with extreme obesity.
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