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Disability discrimination: Advocate General considers morbid obesity as a potential disability

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    Advocate General's Opinion in FOA, acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune Case C-354/13 ECJ (0 other reports)

Advocate General's Opinion in FOA, acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune Case C-354/13 ECJ

disability discrimination | definition of disability | obesity

The Advocate General has issued his opinion on the issue of discrimination on the ground of obesity, stating that, while there is no general principle of EU law prohibiting discrimination on the ground of obesity in its own right, morbid obesity may come within the meaning of "disability" (for the purpose of the Equal Treatment Directive (2000/78/EC)) if it is of such a degree as to hinder full participation in professional life on an equal footing with other employees.