About Short Revolution and Height Discrimination
I am a female attorney (height 4’10”) writing a book about height discrimination. It is my belief that a lot of social and cultural disrespect directed at short people is the result of height discrimination not being illegal. In fact, many well-meaning people believe that they are not doing anything wrong when they mistreat short people, particularly in the workplace, because being short is not a legally protected class.
It is time for short people to unite and form a social movement to correct this injustice. It is time for a Short Revolution!
With that in mind, I am writing a “position paper” on height discrimination, which I intend to use to seek support from civil rights organizations and legislators. The paper will include a brief summary/background section about discrimination based on height in society, but I mostly want to focus on the following four areas and would like to ask for contributions from anyone who has experienced events or circumstances that represent one or more of the following areas to contact me if you would like to contribute to this effort.*
1. Workplace discrimination – which can be in one or more of the following forms:
A. actual, factual knowledge of lower wages than equally-qualified taller workers performing substantially the same job
B. being rejected for a promotion primarily or solely due to height (either being told directly that it was due to height, or some euphemism such as not having sufficient “presence” or “gravitas”)
C. being subjected to a hostile work environment such as constant teasing, unwelcome comments or unwelcome physical contact
2. Medical – i.e., the “idiopathic short stature” diagnosis of healthy short kids, the pushing of hGH therapy on healthy short kids, etc.
3. Education – discrimination against short students (k-12 as well as college level). This could take the form of juvenalizaton by teachers or school officials, bullying that remains unaddressed due to failure to act on the part of school officials, or similar.
4. Product design issues that carry risk of serious personal injury for short people, but there are no or insufficient regulations that require manufacturers to either make them safe or to warn the public about the danger – for example, air bags in cars
Please contact me at cwallay (at) outlook (dot) com if you are interested in discussing off-line or otherwise. Your privacy will be respected. Your identity will not be revealed without your permission.
* Note: I am not offering to represent anyone in any legal matter; this request is for research purposes only.