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Man Fired for Being Obese Receives $55,000 Settlement

In October 2009, Ronald Kratz II was fired from his job for being morbidly obese. Kratz, 42, had worked at BAE Systems Inc. since 1994. He claims that he had always received good reviews and was surprised when he was suddenly fired from his job as a materials handler at BAE Systems because he was obese.

BAE Failed to Accommodate Kratz BAE Systems is a military vehicle manufacturing company that is based in Virginia. Kratz weighed as much as 680 pounds when he worked at BAE’s manufacturing location in Houston. He insists that his weight did not interfere with his ability to perform his job. He claims that approximately 90 percent of his job involves sitting and typing at a computer. His other job functions included counting products and occasionally driving a forklift.

The forklift’s seatbelts were (Read More....)