On August 1st we posted an article entited “‘Zodiac Discrimination’ – Darn I’m A Pisces,” in which we reported on possible discrimination claims based upon the Zodiac. We asked whether employment discrimination based upon the astrological sign you were born under was actionable, given a report in the Pakistan Daily Times that an employment ad appeared in China which stated: “We are looking for Geminis, Libras, and Aquarius.”
14443171_s    We concluded that “As a means of hiring, it can’t be much less reliable than that used by a lot of companies I know!”


One of our incisive readers, Robert Thomas, a VP of Administration in the Pittsburgh area, was one of many who commented on the post, but we print his because he, shockingly, rejects astrology as a hiring tool (and he also quotes Shakespeare in an employment blog — we believe that this is a first):

“As the Bard instructed, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.’   I believe that astrology, as an employment selection tool, is tied with divining the entrails of chickens in last place, trailing handwriting analysis and phrenology.”

What will employers due, Robert, without chicken entrails — hire on merit?