Plus Sized Prejudice - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Plus Sized Prejudice

Posted: Updated:

She wanted to go dancing with her friends but she couldn't because she weighed too much. Can you mistreat someone because of their weight or size? It's why one South Florida woman called Help me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

WSVN -- None of us are perfect. And if you think you are perfect, that's your clue, you aren't.

Fatima Hughes: "I've always been a chubby girl."

Fatima is a cute young woman who calls herself plus size and she is perfectly happy with it.

Fatima Hughes: "I always had high self esteem nothing has changed. Either I will go down a little bit or come right up. I've always but my confidence, never change regardless of what ever someone else thinks."

And while on South Beach trying to get into a club, someone didn't think much of her size.

Fatima Hughes: "'You know why they're not going to let you in right?' Because of my weight because I am a plus sized girl."

Fatima was with a group of 10 girl friends waiting to be let into a nightclub. She was wearing this dress, which she considers appropriate for the club. So her girlfriend told the promoter if you don't let Fatima in, we wont come in.

Fatima Hughes: "And they were like, 'OK, we will just let her in.'"

The promoter let the 10 paying customers in but had no intention of letting Fatima have fun.

Fatima Hughes: "So as soon as we get to the door they were already told by this promoter not to let me downstairs."

When all the girls went downstairs to dance, Fatima had to stay upstairs alone.

Fatima Hughes: "The only thing I can think about was because of my weight, and I was the plus size one."

Fatima says she was hurt, deeply hurt.

Fatima Hughes: "I cried in the night club and once I cried I was like no I can't stay here. I left and I cried all the way home. I stayed in the bed and I didn't go out on Sunday. I didn't even go to church on Sunday and I go to church every Sunday."

Fatima says what the nightclub did to her was not just painful, it was not right.

Fatima Hughes: "I really do feel I was discriminated because of my weight."

Well Howard, can a business say you can't come in or dance here because we don't like your weight.

Howard Finkelstein: "Yes they can. Fatima is right that this is wrong, but it's not illegal. The law doesn't protect someone because of their size or their height or their looks."

We spoke to the general manager of the nightclub who told us his bouncers are well trained and a promoter may have done this. He added that they allow larger people in and would never say no to someone they are too fat to come in the front door.

He then gave us this list of reasons why they would block someone from coming in:

- You have flat shoes

- Dressed trashy

- Loud behavior

- Capacity issues

- Fighting outside.

He added if you come to a nightclub and they wont let you in because of your weight, ask to speak to the manager.

Fatima Hughes: "I have fun when I go out."

Fatima is going to move past the incident and hopes any other person who faces an incident like that, does the same.

Fatima Hughes: "You might be a plus size girl but you are still beautiful, you have that confidence. Don't let them take that from you because you know how you are. You can't let this take you down."

Patrick Fraser: "Good advise Fatima ignore them. Now, Howard told me in some cases it can be discrimination to block someone from going into a club. For example, if their enormous size or height causes them to be disabled. Then you can not stop them from coming in or hiring them because then they are protected by the ADA. Legally what weight, what height qualifies for ADA It's vague and every case is different.

Clubbed by a problem that is perfectly infuriating? Want us to weigh in? Contact us, Howard is no heavy weight, heck he can barely pick up a few law books but he can understand them.

CONTACT HELP ME HOWARD:

E-mail: helpmehoward@wsvn.com (please include your contact phone number when e-mailing)

Reporter: Patrick Fraser at pfraser@wsvn.com

Miami-Dade: 305-953-WSVN

Broward: 954-761-WSVN

  • Out for JusticeMore>>

  • Alfred McCormick

    Alfred McCormick

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-07-26 05:00:26 GMT
    Minister Alfred McCormickMinister Alfred McCormick
    He was a man of God, but early one morning Minister Alfred McCormick was gunned down in the street like a criminal. Maybe because a crook thought he was a crook he was looking for. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out For Justice, detectives are determined to find his killer, but they need your help.
    He was a man of God, but early one morning Minister Alfred McCormick was gunned down in the street like a criminal. Maybe because a crook thought he was a crook he was looking for. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out For Justice, detectives are determined to find his killer, but they need your help.
  • Qualecia James

    Qualecia James

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-07-12 03:30:24 GMT
    Qualecia James (right) and her daughterQualecia James (right) and her daughter
    Last March, an afternoon out with friends ended in a barrage of bullets for a pregnant Miami Gardens mother. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, detectives made an arrest in the case last week, but their work is far from over, and they need your help to bring in the rest of the killers.
    Last March, an afternoon out with friends ended in a barrage of bullets for a pregnant Miami Gardens mother. As Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, detectives made an arrest in the case last week, but their work is far from over, and they need your help to bring in the rest of the killers.
  • Benoit Lessard

    Benoit Lessard

    Monday, June 16 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-06-16 15:13:54 GMT
    He bought his little spot in the sun. Retired Canadian Benoit Lessard loved to spend winters in South Florida, but as Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, a man with a gun turned his retirement heaven into hell. Fifteen years later, police are still trying to solve this cold case.
    He bought his little spot in the sun. Retired Canadian Benoit Lessard loved to spend winters in South Florida, but as Patrick Fraser tells us on tonight's Out for Justice, a man with a gun turned his retirement heaven into hell. Fifteen years later, police are still trying to solve this cold case.
  • Carmel on the CaseMore>>

  • South Florida Doctor Sued

    South Florida Doctor Sued

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:56:31 GMT
    7News has learned a South Florida doctor who is already being sued for inappropriately touching a patient, is now being investigated by police for the same allegation. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case with a 7News exclusive.
    7News has learned a South Florida doctor who is already being sued for inappropriately touching a patient, is now being investigated by police for the same allegation. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case with a 7News exclusive.
  • BADge Behavior: Miami-Dade Police officer cuts a deal after being accused of stealing gas from the county

    BADge Behavior: Miami-Dade Police officer cuts a deal after being accused of stealing gas from the county

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:15:18 GMT
    Former Miami-Dade Police Officer Rose StabioFormer Miami-Dade Police Officer Rose Stabio
    WSVN -- There is one less police officer in South Florida tonight. She has resigned in disgrace after being caught stealing gas. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On the Case.
    WSVN -- There is one less police officer in South Florida tonight. She has resigned in disgrace after being caught stealing gas. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is On the Case.
  • Former State Corrections Officer Cleared in Shooting Death Outside Bar

    Former State Corrections Officer Cleared in Shooting Death Outside Bar

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-07-09 02:34:21 GMT
    Tonight there's a decision on whether to charge a former state corrections officer who shot and killed a man outside of a bar. Was it murder, manslaughter, or self defense? Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero broke the story and is back On the Case.
    Tonight there's a decision on whether to charge a former state corrections officer who shot and killed a man outside of a bar. Was it murder, manslaughter, or self defense? Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero broke the story and is back On the Case.
  • 7News InvestigationMore>>

  • Captain of Controversy

    Captain of Controversy

    Capt. Francesco SchettinoCapt. Francesco Schettino
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
  • Till Death Do Us Part

    Till Death Do Us Part

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-11-08 04:54:26 GMT
    Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up. Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up.
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
  • Blackwater Fever

    Blackwater Fever

    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As...
    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As Patrick...
  • Help Me HowardMore>>

  • Can't Help Kids Learn to Swim

    Can't Help Kids Learn to Swim

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:37:03 GMT
    It's part of being a parent: teaching your kids to ride a bike, to play sports, to swim. But how would you feel if you were told, "Stop teaching your child to swim?" When it happened to one South Florida father, he was stunned, and turned to Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser for some answers.
    It's part of being a parent: teaching your kids to ride a bike, to play sports, to swim. But how would you feel if you were told, "Stop teaching your child to swim?" When it happened to one South Florida father, he was stunned, and turned to Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser for some answers.
  • Found Savings Bonds, Can't Find Owner

    Found Savings Bonds, Can't Find Owner

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:57:35 GMT
    It's what some people dream about: finding an envelope filled with money. One South Florida woman did find it in a parking lot, but she wasn't dreaming of riches. She was determined to find the owner. She couldn't, so she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    It's what some people dream about: finding an envelope filled with money. One South Florida woman did find it in a parking lot, but she wasn't dreaming of riches. She was determined to find the owner. She couldn't, so she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
  • Finding a Burglar

    Finding a Burglar

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:48 GMT
    Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.