By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Give me an “L” – for lawsuit.READ MORE: Missing 6-Year-Old Sahara Little Found Safe, Stolen Vehicle Found In Checkers Parking Lot, Police Say
When the Baltimore Ravens picked 32 cheerleaders to go to the Super Bowl, they left 23-year-old Courtney Lenz off the cheer roster. She claims she was not selected because of her weight, which is now 125.4 pounds, up from 124 during the season, garnering no sympathy from those of us who spent high school in the marching band: Boo hoo. I’m young and beautiful.READ MORE: 23-Year-Old Dies After Tuesday Night Shooting In Kensington, Police Say
Not everyone feels that way: 18,000 people signed a petition to get Ms. Lenz on the roster saying that it’s unjust. But if the Ravens didn’t choose her because of her weight, which they deny, would it be illegal? Nope.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide Update To Anti-Violence Efforts Underway Citywide
There is no law that protects people from job action on the basis of their weight or appearance unless that’s just an excuse to fire someone because of gender, age, or ethnicity. So, while Ms. Lenz doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on, she’s at the top of a pyramid of fans who support her.