I applaud this woman and I hope she is successful in her fight. If she is, I hope other provinces, like my own, will take notice.
In 2014, I felt embarrassed and insulted when a doctor, who was operating to remove my gall bladder said that would have to wear a “surgical girdle” so that my excess weight didn’t burst his precious staples. He repeated the same thing after the surgery and my husband had to run to the drug store near the hospital to go buy the girdle.
I was also told once when I had a receptionist job that they wanted me to lose weight and take makeup lessons. I had actually taken drama makeup in high school and university, and got compliments on my regular makeup from many people. As for losing weight, I had already lost about 20 pounds when they mentioned it and at that point was only about 10 pounds from my goal.
An Edmonton woman has launched a petition asking the province to change the Alberta Human Rights Act to prevent discrimination against size.