Overweight workers earn less than the slimmer co-workers, a new LinkedIn survey has emerged. The results suggest that social prejudice regarding the weight of a person may be reflected in pay differentials.
LinkedIn found that UK workers are classified as obese based on a body weight index averaged by $ 2500 less than a year than colleagues who had a healthy BMI (weight-to-weight ratio).
Scientists have said that between women and men of the same weight there is a gender pay gap. Overweight and obese women reportedly received $ 11,500 less than overweight or obese people.
Workers also combined the perception of their weight with the overall career development. The study found:
- One in four people who are overweight thinks they have lost their jobs and support because of their weight.
- One of the three obese workers felt the same way.
- 43% of obese workers said that slim colleagues progressed faster in their careers than they did.
- 28% of workers overall reported having received offensive comments about their weight from a co-worker or manager.
"LinkedIn has a number of groups and discussions on the subject," said Ngaire Moyes, a spokesman for LinkedIn. Moyes expressed the dismay that this form of discrimination in the workplace still exists.
"We hope that other members will be invited to take part in the debate on how it affects and how the issue of size can be solved," Moyes said.