Everyone has a ream of excuses or things to blame when it comes to putting off exercise or being unhealthy and apparently employers can now be added to the list!
Some 34 per cent of Britain’s workers are frustrated with employers and have pointed fingers at businesses for adding to the risk of obesity among employees, according to findings from Willis PMI Group.
Justine Roberts, the founder and chief executive of Mumsnet, the networking site for parents, wrote an article in October complaining about how much time women spend getting ready for work. But fitness specialist Julie Creffield has hit back at the claim to defend female leaders.
Almost half of British employers are less likely to appoint a new recruit at the interview stage if they're obese, with some considering them lazy, according to Crossland Employment Solicitors.
British businesses are under pressure from employees, with a new report revealing that 31 per cent of staff expect their employers to help them to lose weight – but is that expectation too great?
On 18 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that obesity is neither a protected ground of discrimination under EU law nor a disability by itself, without some accompanying impairment. However, if obesity causes physical, mental or psychological problems that hinder a person’s ability to participate in work, it could give rise to a disability. This caused great consternation but, in fact, little has really changed in the law following this decision.
While no general principle of EU law prohibits discrimination on grounds of obesity, it will now fall within the concept of ‘disability’ where, under particular conditions, it hinders the participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers.