The European Court of Justice has recently given judgment in the case of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Komunee which looked at whether or not dismissing someone because they are obese (or for reasons relating thereto) is, in itself, discriminatory and/or whether or not obesity amounts to a disability and as such is covered by the protections against disability discrimination.

Mr Kaltoft was a Danish child-minder weighing over 25 stone with a BMI of 54. When Mr Kaltoft was dismissed for redundancy, he alleged that the fact that he was obese was a factor in his selection for redundancy and that this amounted to discrimination.

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