Appearance Discrimination, Lookism And Lookphobia In The Workplace

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Frank J. Cavico
Stephen C. Muffler
Bahaudin G. Mujtaba

Keywords

Appearance Discrimination in the Workplace, Lookism, Lookphobia

Abstract

This article focuses on appearance and attractiveness discrimination in the American workplace. As such, this article discusses issues related to lookism and lookphobia as a real challenge for managers who are recruiting, attracting, interviewing, hiring, appraising, and promoting employees. The article provides a discussion of societal norms concerning attractiveness, the existence of appearance discrimination in employment, the presence of preferring the pretty, and then the authors examine important civil rights laws that relate to such forms of discrimination. Finally, recommendations for employers and managers are provided for fair and non-discriminatory hiring and promotional practices.

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