Heavier Women Earn Less, Get Passed Over for Jobs

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Packing on a few extra pounds can hurt a woman’s salary and even her ability to get a job, according to a new study.

The Icelandic study, published in the March issue of the journal Elsevier’s Economics and Human Biology, found a slightly negative correlation between weight and the employment rate of women, and a slightly positive correlation for men. That’s right, while women get penalized for being overweight, larger men are rewarded — in terms of higher salary.

A separate study conducted by University of Florida researchers found that women 25 pounds above average weight earned $13,847 less a year than an average-weight woman.

These studies are pretty depressing. Why is it that only women get penalized for being overweight?

Have you ever come across this kind of discrimination during your job hunt or at your workplace?

 

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