Obesity ‘could be be a disability’ – the European Court of Justice ruled

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg considered the case of Mr. Karsten Kaltoft – a Danish child minder who alleged that he had been fired for being severely overweight.

Stating that obesity could have an adverse effect on an employee’s ‘full and effective participation’ at work, the ECJ ruled that being severely obese may in fact constitute a disability.

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