Is obesity the next frontier in discrimination law?

24 Jul 2014
employment

Britain is experiencing a tidal wave of obesity. It has been predicted that, on current trends, around 90% of men and 80% of women will be overweight or obese by 2050. Clearly this could give rise to major issues in the workplace of the future.

Obesity is not currently a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. However, in a case last year, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) said that obesity may lead to an im...

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