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Obesity disability discrimination: cause or effect?

With recent Government statistics claiming that 60% of the UK’s adult population are overweight or obese, it is more important than ever for employers to understand the relationship between this condition and their obligations under disability discrimination law.

In the recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) case of Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd the EAT determined that it was the effect and not the cause of the obesity condition that should be considered when assessing whether or not a claimant is disabled for the purpose of bringing a claim under disability legislation.

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