FOA, acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune  IRLR 146 ECJ
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Disability discrimination: Obesity does not of itself constitute a disability but may amount to a disability where certain conditions are satisfied
- 1 March 2015
In FOA, acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune  IRLR 146 ECJ, the ECJ held that where "in interaction with various barriers" an obese worker's "full and effective participation in professional life on an equal basis" is hindered by a limitation that results "in particular from long-term physical, mental or psychological impairments" the worker's obesity will amount to a disability.
- 18 December 2014
The European Court of Justice has held that while EU law does not lay down a general principle of non-discrimination on the ground of obesity as such, the Equal Treatment Directive (2000/78/EC) must be interpreted as meaning that the obesity of a worker can constitute a disability.