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Do You Need to Know How Much Your Employees Weigh?

Do You Need to Know How Much Your Employees Weigh?

by Frank Roche on August 6, 2010

in Business, Culture, Diversity

A librarian in Urbandale, Iowa was fired because she refused to tell her employer her weight. Seriously.

Her employer, the City of Urbandale, is printing employees’ weights on their ID cards. The crazy part….wait…wait…wait…they can ask and get away with it.

Here’s my take: Step up HR in Urbandale. What are you thinking? Who thought that asking employees how much they weigh was a good idea? What kind of meeting where you in where you thought that would make sense? And what good can you get from that?

What will the City of Urbandale ask for next? Identifying birthmarks? Scars? Tattoos? How about stretch marks?

Just because you are LEGALLY allowed to get information doesn’t mean you should.

Be HR that steps up; not HR that makes employees step on a scale.

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