A Texas hospital, already embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit filed by doctors of Indian descent, has instituted a highly unusual hiring policy: It bans job applicants from employment for being too overweight.
The Citizens Medical Center policy, instituted a little more than a year ago, requires potential employees to have a body mass index of less than 35-which is 210 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-5, and 245 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-10. It states that an employee's physique "should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional," including an appearance "free from distraction" for hospital patients.
From the article: “The majority of our patients are over 65, and they have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance,” hospital chief executive David Brown said in an interview.
So they are going to try and pin this on customer service? Bowing to the "expectations" of the clients? If a patient is sick enough, I guarantee they could care less about the appearance of their nurse as long as he/she is providing good care. This whole thing is just bizarre to me.
And when they can't find enough qualified applicants who meet their rather narrow requirements, since even the article states that over 60% of the general population would be inelgible for hire, what will they do to make up for the short staffing? Oh wait, as long as thier staff "looks" good who cares if they are run ragged and patient care suffers.
What's next, "sorry we can't hired you because our patients only prefer people with certain facial features"?