Accountant Gets Go-Ahead to Sue Employer
Joseph Lally, 46, is seeking restitution on the grounds that he was fired from J.P. Woods Co. as a direct result of his obesity. Lally was fired in February 1997 from his position of treasurer/controller.
The company stated it fired Lally after he failed to submit a requested action plan which would set out his plans for acquiring certain skills required of the job.
Lally claims the discharge came about after he failed to meet a challenge by the employer to lose 100 pounds in 14 months. The employer had offered Lally a $25,000 bonus if he met the challenge.
New Jersey is one of a few states in the nation that recognizes obesity as a form of job discrimination.
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