Title

The Effects of Weight on Employment Discrimination

Date

5-26-2016 1:30 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 3:30 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jaime M. Cloud

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

It was hypothesized that an obese individual would be less likely to be hired for a job than a normal weight individual. Undergraduate students were (Female=21; M=24, SD=8) randomly assigned to normal weight or obese weight conditions. Likelihood of hiring and work ethic were measured. No significant differences were found in hiring rate for normal weight individuals (M=6.07, SD=.799) and overweight individual (M=6.13, SD=.64) conditions; t(28)= -252, n.s., r2 = 1.0, or in work ethic scores for normal weight individual (M=4.07, SD=.703) and overweight individual (M=3.73, SD=.21) conditions; t(28)=1.21, n.s., r2=. 05. These data suggest weight is not enough to play a role within work ethic or likeness of hiring.

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May 26th, 1:30 PM May 26th, 3:30 PM

The Effects of Weight on Employment Discrimination

WUC Pacific Room

It was hypothesized that an obese individual would be less likely to be hired for a job than a normal weight individual. Undergraduate students were (Female=21; M=24, SD=8) randomly assigned to normal weight or obese weight conditions. Likelihood of hiring and work ethic were measured. No significant differences were found in hiring rate for normal weight individuals (M=6.07, SD=.799) and overweight individual (M=6.13, SD=.64) conditions; t(28)= -252, n.s., r2 = 1.0, or in work ethic scores for normal weight individual (M=4.07, SD=.703) and overweight individual (M=3.73, SD=.21) conditions; t(28)=1.21, n.s., r2=. 05. These data suggest weight is not enough to play a role within work ethic or likeness of hiring.