Is obesity a disability?

The Ontario Human Rights Commission dealt with this issue in a case involving a retail store employee whose employment was terminated because of, among other things, appearance and poor job performance
By Peter Israel
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

Can obesity be considered a disability under human rights legislation?

Although obesity is not specifically listed as a prohibited ground of discrimination under human rights legislation, courts have recognized that in certain circumstances obesity can constitute a disability. The Ontario Human Rights Commission dealt with this issue in a case involving a retail store employee whose employment was terminated because of, among other things, appearance and poor job performance.