The Doctors: Waitresses Fired For Gaining Weight?
Next, The Doctors shared that according to a New Jersey appeals court, it’s okay for a waitress to be fired for gaining weight. A lawsuit was brought by 21 servers known as the Borgata Babes, after the waitresses were reportedly subjected to comments from supervisors asking if they were pregnant or getting fatter, as well as reports that some of the co-workers were snorting at them like pigs. Apparently, terms of employment prohibited the women from gaining or losing more than 7% of their body weight and the courts ruled that was lawful.
The Doctors brought in lawyer Areva Martin who said she felt immediately that it wasn’t fair, but there are things called “personal appearance clauses” that many employers enforce. The federal law that prohibits discrimination based on age, gender, and race, doesn’t cover weight. The place of employment said they apply the rules to men and women equally so there is no discrimination involved. She said the judge really looked at the fact that the women agreed to the weight restrictions.
The Doctors: Fraudulent Fund Raising Online
Next, The Doctors reported that people desperate for the funds needed for medical procedures will often turn to websites like GoFundMe to gather donations, often from complete strangers. But some people are taking advantage and cases are popping up everywhere, including in Kansas where a woman injured in a car accident raised $13,000 online, only to have everyone find out it was a hoax. In Pennsylvania, a woman raised $8,000 for her friend with cancer, but was arrested after she pocketed the money. A woman claiming to have terminal cancer in Utah raised more than $20,000, turned out she didn’t have cancer at all and was charged with fraud.
Areva Martin said spotting a fraudulent page can be difficult but people should do their due diligence and Google the person, the situation, and their story. Check out that person’s social media sites and see if it’s being talked about anywhere else other than the GoFundMe page. If you’re setting up a page, have documentation like third party sources so you can prove your funds were used in the way you promised. If you suspect fraud, you can report it to the authorities.