Discrimination in education

In the USA a case of discrimination on the grounds of weight reached the Supreme Court: a student in  a nursing school was asked to sign a contract that obliged her either to lose weight or to quit the school. The contract was declared as invalid.

According to a social survey of the German student association, 60 percent of disabled and chronically ill students consider their disability or chronic disease an impairment for theirs studies.  In 2006 8% of the students were disabled or chronically ill.

In their law expertise, the Federal Antidiscrimination Agency reported in 2012, “Protection against discrimination on the grounds of chronic diseases”, that people with obesity or multiple sclerosis face discrimination in education. For example, how people with multiple sclerosis are not accepted for training to work as flight attendants.

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