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Posted on February 05, 2016

Disability and Day to Day Activities

Posted in: disability discrimination

5 February 2016: Disability and ‘Day to Day Activities’: According to s6 Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect the … Continue reading

20 March 2015: Diet-Controlled Type 2 Diabetes was not a Disability: Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly common medical problem, and many would assume that it amounts to a disability under the Equality Act 2010.   Under the Act, ‘disability’ means … Continue reading

12 December 2014: Disability Discrimination – What’s in a Name? There are some names which seem strangely apt, such as that Mark Avery of the RSPB, Belgian footballer Mark De Man, lawmaker Lord Judge and gardener Bob Flowerdew (see BBC article). … Continue reading

Posted on July 18, 2014

Is Obesity a Disability?

Posted in: disability discrimination

18 July 2014: The short answer is that severe obesity is likely to be a disability under the Equality Act 2010.   In Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund (C-354/13) the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has given … Continue reading

13 June 2014: The short answer, is no, following the Court of Appeal decision in  Hainsworth v Ministry of Defence.   Ms Ainsworth worked for the British Armed Forces as a civilian based in Germany. Her daughter had Down’s syndrome … Continue reading

13 December 2013: Under the Equality Act, employers have an obligation to consider and implement reasonable adjustments to facilitate disabled employees in their role.   It is not always clear if someone is disabled, and the employers obligation to make reasonable adjustments … Continue reading

6 December 2013: Many employers are faced with the dilemma of how long to wait before taking steps to dismiss someone on long term sick leave.   Useful guidance has been given this week in the Scottish Court of Session in … Continue reading

Posted on June 13, 2013

Obesity and Disability

Posted in: disability discrimination

5 April 2013 In Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd, Mr Walker weighed over 21 stone and suffered from a wide range of symptoms, many of which were exacerbated by obesity.   The Tribunal held that Mr Walker was … Continue reading

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