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A 350 pound man interviewed for a job as a sales counselor for a weight loss center. He was told by the interviewer that he was the "most qualified" applicant, but the regional manager had concerns about his weight. He was later informed that he would not be hired now because the company is "image conscious" and his weight would "send the wrong message." He was told to re-apply for employment after losing seventy pounds. The man sued. What should the court decide? Why? (Goodman v. L.A. Weight Loss Centers, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1455)

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In this scenario, we have an applicant who would be medically classified as morbidly obese based on all common height to weight charts. He applies for a position at a weight loss center and is denied the position solely because of his weight. The weight loss center has already established the fact that the applicant is qualified for the position. The employer holds that they are "image conscious," and the weight of the applicant would send the "wrong message" to customers patronizing the establishment.
While this situation would constitute discrimination under certain circumstances, we have to analyze the nature of the ...

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