Employment Law, Government & Legislation, Oddstuff

Obesity and revenge porn

Just two items which piqued  my interest this week. Obesity has once again made the headlines, this time with the decision by the EU Advocate General that obesity can qualify as a disability. Says David Whincup from Squire Patton Bogs:

“In the end, the Advocate General reached the inevitable conclusion – that obesity by itself is not automatically a disability, but can be if and when it “hinders full participation in professional life on an equal footing with other employees”, or (translated into the UK Equality Act’s definition) has a substantial adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”

Which is common sense, really. And there is more common sense in that decision as it limits disability-obesity to extreme examples (BMI 40 and over). The decision (opinion) is not surprising. People in Europe are getting bigger and it was only a matter of time until a Court would find some angle of discrimination in that. Its interesting, though, that the country with the highest proportion of overweight people, the US, still has not implemented any regulation or laws to that effect. Maybe its because people know that once that door is open, the lawsuits will just be pouring in. And there is currently not enough money going around to pay for the damages.

http://www.employmentlawworldview.com/eu-advocate-generals-decision-on-obesity-as-disability-makes-fat-lot-of-difference/#page=1

Revenge porn is a more recent phenomenon with mostly women on the receiving end. It seems that more and more guys tend to publish photos or videos of their exes after a break-up. And its not a local problem, many countries around the world are encountering it with increasing frequency and have enacted or are in the process of enacting legislation against it.

Check out the list at

http://www.collyerbristow.com/content/the-perils-of-revenge-porn-part-2#page=1