Appearance Discrimination

A couple of readers of our blog post yesterday relating to employer dress and grooming policies helpfully added a couple of points about an employer’s legitimate health and safety concerns, which we publish below.

Marc Brenman, a university instructor in Olympia, WA:

“There are also issues of mutable characteristics, and safety. And issues

The title above is from an article some time ago in Time entitled “People Who Were Pretty In High School Make More Money Because Life Isn’t Fair.

The article began: “A new research paper confirms that everything that your mother told you growing up is a lie because the pretty people always win.”

Sylvia Dahlby, a “purveyor of talent acquisition, staffing management and recruiting business solutions” in Hawaii, commented below on our posts about “lookism,” beauty bias, appearance bias, and obesity.

Does appearance matter in hiring?

“Thanks for sharing this. In my opinion age and weight, and overall appearance are always a factor in hiring decisions

On October 16th we posted that “Massachusetts may be on the brink of passing a law prohibiting employment discrimination based on height and weight. … One commentator noted some time ago that according to surveys “weight bias” is widespread in employment, with some reporting that within the continuum of employees who were overweight to

Question: When will employers and/or their trusted HR people and advisors learn the law about accommodation for religious beliefs?  Answer:  Only after they get sued.

We have harangued employers since we started our blog about the necessity of accommodating employees who are required by their religion to wear certain clothes or other adornments as long