|Title||Disability Discrimination: Obesity and the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision in Karsten Kaltoft v Billund Kommune Case C-354/13 ECJ|
Walker and Karsten are two important decisions in disability discrimination law – not solely on the basis of their legal and practical repercussions for the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU), respectively, but because they capture the very ideological spirit of domestic and European anti-discrimination legislation. The former directly relates to disability discrimination in the UK and the entire EU is feeling the brunt of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision in the latter. This article explores the impact of both these decisions and to what extent the obese or those suffering from a functional overlay are now protected from being discriminated against by the Framework Directive 2000/78 and the United Kingdom’s Equality Act 2010.
|Keywords||Disability Discrimination Law, Obesity, Protected Characteristics, Labour Law|
|Journal||Issues in Legal Scholarship|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1515/ils-2016-0250|
|Published online||22 Jun 2016|
|Published in print||2018|