Here is an interesting article about the Whole Foods employee discount which is 30% for the lean and 20% for the obese as determined by body mass index (BMI). Whole Foods also looks at blood pressure and a few other factors.
This stinks like fat discrimination to me. Given that weight is not a "protected class
," at least in the United States, I would challenge this policy as contributing to gender discrimination and a hostile work environment which are not legal in the US. In terms of gender discrimination, women, on average, have a higher BMI than men, on average. This is due to nature. Also, women need a bit more fat than men to regulate hormones properly. It might also be challenged based on discrimination in terms of race and ethnicity (some races/ethnicities have a higher incidence of high blood pressure, for example), disability (obesity or high blood pressure can be the basis for a disability claim), and genetic information (the phenotypes measured can be indicators of an underlying genetic condition (i.e., a condition that causes overweight or high blood pressure)).
Incidentally, they are using an unreliable measure in using BMI. Lighter people can be all fat and no muscle and have a low BMI and muscular people with lower body fat percentages can have a higher BMI. They should be using percent body fat as measured with a near-infrared body composition analyzer if they want to actually know something useful about health status.
Anyway I look at it, this policy ticks me off. I shop at Whole Foods and wish for another store like it in my town that does not discriminate against fat employees. I would vote with my wallet for which policies I care to support.
All the best,