In the summer (July 2014), we reported that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) were being asked to determine whether obesity should be considered a disability under Equality legislation. It involved the case of a Dutch childminder who claimed he was dismissed due to being overweight (he reportedly weighed 25 stone), and argued that he should have been considered disabled*.
The Advocate General (AG) has given his opinion in the Danish case of Kaltoft that we reported last month in which the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have been asked to rule on whether Obesity is a Disability.
In short, the AG has essentially said that ‘it probably can’.
He stated that whilst obesity itself is not a disability, that “severe, extreme or morbid obesity, will create limitations,...Read More