Obese people can be considered disabled if extra weight hinders their “full and effective participation in professional life,” the EU Court of Justice has ruled. The decision could have dramatic consequences for employees across the continent.
Obesity can be classed as a disability if “it hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers,”the court said.
Its decision follows a claim by Karsten Kaltoft, a Danish child minder who was dismissed by the local city council in 2010 for reportedly being unable to bend down and tie his shoelaces. Kaltoft’s weight was more than 160 kilograms at the time of the claim, and his body mass index (BMI), a measure of relative weight, was 54, while the overweight category starts at 25.