Obesity could be a Disability
22 Dec 2014
The European Court of Justice has ruled that “if obesity could hinder ‘full and effective participation’ at work then it could count as a disability.” offering obese people the same protection and rights at work as disabled people. The ruling is binding across the EU.
That will mean employers must, on a case by case basis, make reasonable adjustments such as providing larger chairs or special car parking, and protect such employees from verbal harassment.
But there are wider implications. Providers of goods and services such as shops, cinemas and restaurants will also have to make reasonable adjustments for their customers, which might include things like special seating arrangements.
For the full story, from The BBC, click here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30529791