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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Obesity considered disability by EU

The European Court of Justice has ruled that obesity could count as a disability under certain circumstances in a ruling that is binding across the EU.

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CJEU Advocate General Opinion on Obesity as a Ground of Discrimination

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently considered the issue of whether or not European equality law protects people from discrimination on the grounds of their weight. In the Case C-354/13 Karsten Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening, acting on behalf of the Municipality of Billund, a Danish child minder argued he had been the victim of unlawful discrimination after he was allegedly fired for being overweight. His employers argued that Mr Kaltoft, who weighed around 160kg, was unable to perform basic tasks which were expected in his job, such as tying the laces of the children in his care.

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Paralympics inspire UK business to see ability in disability

Attitudes towards disability within the UK workplace have significantly improved since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, according to research by Nationwide Building Society.

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Tackling taboo of mental ill-health at work

Acas has launched its first guide to tackle the last taboo in business - mental illness at work. It is a fast-growing problem, particularly with workers becoming increasingly concerned about their futures in the economic downturn, and costs Britain more than £30 billion every year in lost production.

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