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DISCRIMINATION LAW: Is obesity the new disability?

06 February 2015  

Alexandra Mizzi analyses the ECJ’s decision on whether an obese childminder could bring a discrimination claim

Just before the festive season began its annual assault on the nation’s waistlines, it was unsurprising that the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) decision in FOA v Kommunernes Landsforening (2014),on whether a severely obese worker could bring a discrimination claim, received much media attention. Despite the controversy, the decision does not establish any radical new principle in UK employment law. It may, however, have some interesting practical implications.


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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Cordell v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2011] UKEAT/0016/11

    English v Thomas Sanderson Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 1421

    Case C-354/13 FOA v Kommunernes Landsforening [2014] Fourth Chamber, 18 December

    Case C-35/11 HK Denmark v Dansk Almennyttigt Boligselskab [2013] Second Chamber 11 April

    J v DLA Piper [2010] UKEAT/0263/09

    Walker v Sita Information Network and Computing Ltd [2013] UKEAT/0097/12

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