Denmark -ECJ rules in ‘obesity’ case -December 19, 2014

Backed up by his trade union FOA a child minder, who said he was fired four years ago because he is obese, filed a suit to obtain damages and interest from the Billund municipality that employed him, claiming he was the victim of discrimination.

Backed up by his trade union FOA a child minder, who said he was fired four years ago because he is obese, filed a suit to obtain damages and interest from the Billund municipality that employed him, claiming he was the victim of discrimination. The European Court of Justice was asked whether EU law itself prohibits discrimination on grounds of obesity and whether obesity can be considered a disability. The ECJ stated ‘no general principle of EU law prohibits, in itself, the discrimination on grounds of obesity’. But it said the ‘condition falls within the concept of “disability” where... it hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers’.

English: http://www.thelocal.dk/20141219/danish-union-calls-eu-obesity-ruling-a-great-victory  


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