Imagine two résumés showing equally desirable qualifications. One belongs to a thin applicant and the other to an applicant viewed as overweight. Which candidate gets the job? An even more intriguing question: What if the heavier applicant had a more impressive résumé than the thinner candidate? Which candidate would get the job in that case?
Recent research shows the thinner applicant would have the advantage—even if not as qualified as the higher-weight candidate.
A recent report from CNBC cites a Harvard study showing that overt, or explicit, bias based on race, sexuality, and weight decreased between 2007 and 2016, but