EU court rules that fatness ‘can constitute a disability’

EU court rules that fatness ‘can constitute a disability’

The judgment means British companies will be required to treat obese workers as “disabled”, providing them with larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities.

“Obesity can constitute a ‘disability’ within the meaning of the Employment Equality Directive,” the European Court of Justice ruled.

“While no general principle of EU law prohibits, in itself, discrimination on grounds of obesity, that condition falls within the concept of ‘disability’ where, under particular conditions, it hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers.”

The EU court ruling, which is binding on British employers, follows a case brought by Karsten Kaltoft, a Danish childminder who claimed he was sacked by his local authority employer because he was so overweight.

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