WEIGHING IN ON TITLE VII: THE IMPACT OF THE BORGATA CASINO’S WEIGHT REQUIREMENT ON FEMALE BEVERAGE SERVERS

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Jen Purnell

The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey recently came under attack for the strict weight policy that is imposed on its beverage servers. The weight requirement provides sanctions for any employee whose weight increases by more than seven percent from the time at which a baseline weight was established. Critics of the policy argue that there is no business reason to require cocktail servers to undergo mandatory weigh-ins, and that a beverage server’s size has no bearing on his or her ability to mix or serve a drink. According to management, the policy was implemented as a means of ensuring that the staff maintains an appearance that is equivalent to their appearance as of the date on which they were hired. View More