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DISCRIMINATION LAW: Is obesity a disability?

05 September 2014  

Richie Alder and Anna Scott examine the advocate general’s controversial Opinion in Kaltoft

Obesity and whether or not it amounts to a disability has been grabbing the headlines recently following the advocate general’s Opinion in FOA, acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune [2014]. While the advocate general has found that ‘extreme, severe or morbid’ obesity may be a disability if it has reached such a degree that it plainly hinders participation in professional life, the question still has no definitive answer.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Aderemi v London & South Eastern Railway Ltd [2012] UKEAT 0316/12/0612

    FOA, acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune [2014] C-354/13

    HK Danmark, acting on behalf of Ring v Dansk Almennyttigt Bolingselskab and anor [2013] C-335/11

    Power v Panasonic [2002] UKEAT 747/01/1709

    The Environment Agency v Donnelly [2013] UKEAT 0194/13/1810

    Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd [2013] UKEAT 0097/12/0802