• Is Obesity the Next Pivotal Employment Discrimination Issue Within the European Union?
  • November 28, 2014 | Authors: Jerrold F. Goldberg; Johan Nijmeijer; T.M.J. (Dorothé) Smits
  • Law Firms: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - New York Office ; Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Amsterdam Office
  • Obesity is one of the greatest health challenges worldwide. During the last decade, the population that is overweight in the European Union (EU) Member States has increased significantly, which has resulted in more than half of the EU population being overweight or obese. According to a recent study published in The Lancet, more than one-third of the population worldwide is overweight or obese, of which 36.9 percent are men and 38 percent are women. The aforementioned development has led to a growing discussion on how to deal with obese (severe overweight) employees in the workplace. That discussion includes the question whether obesity is a ground for unlawful discrimination.