Every day, 34 million North Americans are discriminated against because they’re TALL. For men, that’s 6-foot 2 and up and women, that means above 5-foot-10.
For example, one company revoked a job offer to a 6-foot-10 candidate because they said his height posed a workplace danger. Why? Because his long legs wouldn’t fit under the desk. And one 6-foot-7 airline passenger was forced to stand in the aisle of a plane during the entire flight because he couldn’t fit into a seat.
So, who do experts say being tall should be a recognized disability?
Number one: Because tall people suffer from major health issues. Everything from ATM machines to subway seats are designed to be within reach of people in wheelchairs. That means tall people may be hunched over all day doing everyday tasks hurting their spine and causing chronic back pain.
And, tall people say they’re financially penalized because of their height. It even has a nickname: the “tall tax.” In other words, tall people are charged more money for everything from custom-tailored clothes to high-ceilinged homes.
So, more and more tall people are fighting back. They’re joining a movement called “Tall Consumerism.” Which means they boycott everything from rolling suitcases with too-short handles to restaurants that only have small tables and chairs. They hope it inspires manufacturers to create “tall-friendly” products.