Most California communities don't have specific laws to protect citizens from bullies who target overweight people, but San Francisco does. San Francisco enacted a so-called fat ordinance in 2000 barring discrimination against a person's size, according to a New York Times report. Obesity is not a protected class in the workplace, under most employment laws.
A Vanderbilt University study found many overweight workers are relegated to jobs with lower pay and more physical demands than workers of average size. However, some obese employees are not subject to these unfavorable conditions. Researchers said employers don't place obese women in jobs that require dealing with the public, but do not hesitate to give those jobs to overweight men.