Do you think being fat and lazy should entitle you to “disabled status?” If the trend in Europe to let anyone who doesn’t want to work just lay around and get fatter keeps coming here – you’ll soon be paying tax dollars for it.
Despite a worldwide obsession with diets and fitness regimes, can you tell me where body fat goes when people lose weight?
The most common misconception among doctors, dieticians and personal trainers is that the missing mass has been converted into energy or heat. The correct answer is that most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide and goes into thin air.
Do I have to tell you what that means to Al Gore? It means dropping weight would increase Global Warming. To officials in Europe, it means if you’re obese, you have a disability – not a problem with discipline..
Being fat is a disability, EU judges have ruled, meaning that companies in Europe must offer obese staff bigger chairs, special parking spaces and a lighter work load.
It also means that firing them for any reason will invite lawsuits, as might the logical response of refusing to hire them in the first place.
Thursday’s judgment by the European Court of Justice means that fatness “can constitute a disability” under EU equality at work legislation – a ruling that is legally binding for all British employers.
The ruling follows a case brought by Karsten Kaltoft, a Danish childminder, who claimed he was sacked because he was overweight.
Mr. Kaltoft, who now works as a lorry driver, hailed the ruling as victory against his former employer, the local authority in the Danish town of Billund, which claimed he was unable to perform his childminding duties.
“It is good that we now recognize that obesity can be a disability, and I hope that the municipality realizes that it was not okay to fire me,” Mr. Kaltoft said.
Following his legal victory, British employers will have to bear the costs of litigation and of finding ways to ensure that overweight workers are not placed at any disadvantage. Lawyers have described the ruling as a “real problem” for businesses because EU judges did not define at what level of clinical or severe obesity a worker could be classed as disabled.
Bosses could face litigation from obese employees who claim their work, especially in manual jobs, is too demanding and requires special treatment or equipment to help them.
“They also need to consider whether doing so could trigger related claims from other members of staff who feel that their obese colleague is ’getting away’ with doing less work or ’avoiding’ manual tasks and that they are doing more of this work as a result;” warned Mr. Hemming.
But they’re forgetting the real purpose of this ruling: Liberal authoritarianism is to seek out and remove all personal responsibility and make government the answer to everything and everyone.
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