Any form of discrimination is wrong. Connie it is terrible and I think illegal that you were fired without justification, but you are right, it is almost impossible to prove discrimination and it takes money to sue.
I have witnessed employer discrimination first hand. When I was a teenager, the manager of a store I worked at pick up an application and said something along the lines of, “that sounds like a ghetto name,” and threw the person’s application in the trash without even reading it! I was blown away. They could have been perfectly qualified, but the person did not even get their resume reviewed. I had never seen such blatant racism. Although as the years have passed, I have witnessed far worse and very violent racism.
At the same position, my co-worker and friend who happen to be an older male person of color said he used to park his car in in the parking lot of our eight mile store location and then ride the busy the few miles up the road every workday, otherwise he would get pulled over! He said, he stopped doing that around 1999. He was an honest hard working person. I believe him, especially when I saw the boss throwing out people’s applications. Also, my friend was not hired by the racist boss; he transferred in and had been with the company for many years.
Back onto size discrimination, according to USA TODAY, it appears that males are also targets of size discrimination, but to a lesser degree.
The following stats are from 12,000 sample study of Bureau of Labor Statistics for one year, from the USA TODAY article.
How much less women earned: 2.3% to 6.2% (I averaged this to 4.25*)
How much less men earned: 1.4% to 4.5% (I averaged this to 2.95*)
Therefore, woman received about 30% on average less than men, when both were discriminated for size.*
*I also averaged the values to receive a rough average. However, to be precise I would need all 12,000 entries to conduct accurate analysis.
In addition the authors of the 12,000 sample study said, “discrimination appears to be the most likely cause,” of the discrimination.
I am glad we are bringing these issues to light. The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge it.
**I accidentally posted this as a comment. That is why it is so long. I wanted it to be a response to a post, not a comment but I cannot change it. Please only count this once as an actual blog posts. Thanks**