Posted by Gemma Ospedale, Partner
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Obesity and disability – again…
In Bickerstaff v Butcher an employee who was described as morbidly obese and who was the subject of derogatory comments about his weight was found to have suffered from disability related harassment by a Tribunal in Belfast. Obesity of itself is not a disability but, following the recent ECJ case, the consideration has to be the effect on the employee’s mobility, ability to sleep, concentration and fitness and it was considered that these passed the threshold of disability in this particular case.
This legal update is provided for general information purposes only and should not be applied to specific circumstances without prior consultation with us.
For further details on any of the issues covered in this update please contact Gemma Ospedale, Partner in Employment on 020 7583 2222.
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