Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which represents almost 60,000 retail, grocery and warehouse workers across the country, praised new legislation signed into law by Mayor Adams in May. It took effect at the end of November. It bars discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on an individual’s weight or height. Appelbaum said the law “will change countless workers’ lives for the better.” “As a union that represents thousands of workers in the fashion retail industry, we are acutely aware of how size discrimination impacts workers’ job opportunities, as well as their earning potential and career advancement opportunities,” he said in a statement. “Workers come in all shapes and sizes and that is a good thing. Every single New Yorker deserves the right to a workplace free of all forms of prejudice and discrimination.”

Read the full story by Crystal Lewis for The Chief-Leader, published November 28, 2023, here:,51514?cb=1701267839


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