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Employment: Obesity and discrimination

13 March 2015

Employment: Obesity and discrimination

A UK court considers its first obesity as disability case and a number of discrimination laws have changed

The Industrial Tribunal in Northern Ireland has, in the first UK case, considered whether or not an obese person was disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) case of Karsten Kaltoft. As previously reported, the ECJ found that if obesity had an impact on ‘full and effective participation’, at work it could be a disability.

In the case of Bickerstaff v Butcher, it was decided that Mr Bickerstaff was disabled and his complaint of...

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