Ronald Kratz, a material handler for defense contractor BAE Systems in Sealy, Texas was fired from his $21/hr job for being too fat. Despite weighing nearly 680 lbs, Mr. Kratz performed his work duties and when his forklift seatbelt would not extend enough to securely buckle him in, he requested an extender from his superiors. Rather than accommodate Mr. Kratz, he was terminated two weeks later.
In 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit on behalf of the morbidly obese Kratz, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. With help from the EEOC, Kratz settled with his former employer for $55,000 in a lawsuit alleging disability discrimination.