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Will obesity judgment change the rules for employers?

Zone(s): Europe ¦ Sector(s): Employment
[12 June 2014, People Management]  By Peter Crush: The outcome of a landmark legal case being decided today (Thursday 12 June) on whether obese people should be automatically defined as having a disability, could have serious implications for UK employers, experts warn.

The case, being heard by the European Court of Justice, is being brought by 25-stone Danish child-minder Karsten Kaltoft, who is contesting being sacked by his local authority for not being able to perform his duties because of his size.

If the court rules in his favour, UK employers could soon have to ensure that any employees who are obese receive the same protections from discrimination as those already protected on the grounds of age, sex or ethnicity.

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