My paper is directed towards businessmen and women and business students. People who read Business Week Magazine are well educated and knowledgeable about numerous aspects of business and are most likely aware of the controversies due to treatment in the work force. Owing to their involvement in the business world, many of these people are greatly concerned with educating themselves on the process of hiring and possible laws that could affect future business practices.Everyday, people trust their senses and instincts to evaluate situations. In today's society, the magnitude of appearance is greater than ever due to the media, popular beliefs and current fashion trends. People constantly consider appearance when making decisions because, as New York Times writer Daphne Merkin proclaims, "We live in a profoundly surface-oriented, lookist culture;" (2). However, it is inappropriate and immoral to judge a person's worth, skill, or importance by their appearance. According to the Harvard Law Review, "Physical attractiveness discrimination provides a window on the criteria that our society uses to distinguish among people." This represents how we utilize ambiguous ideas to "Separate good from bad, acceptable from unacceptable, and normal from deviant"
[...] Appearance discrimination should not be tolerated in the workforce. Bibliography "Appearance-Based Discrimination." HRM Guide Alan Price and HRM Guide Network Contributors Nov < http://www.hrmguide.com/diversity/appearance-at-work.htm>. Armour, Stephanie. "Your Appearance, Good or Bad, Can Affect Size of Your Paycheck." USA Today 20 July Nov < http://www.usatoday.com/educate/college/business/articles/20050724.htm>. Bahls, Stephen C. "Playing Fair - Avoiding the Appearance of Discrimination." BNET Research Center. Apr Nov < http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0DTI/is_4_28/ai_61602414>. Baldas, Tresa. "Appearance-Based Discrimination Suits are on the Rise." Law.Com Apr The National Law Journal Nov < http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1113901508317>. Barro, Robert J. You Want to Hire the Beautiful. [...]
[...] In a perfect world, the immorality of appearance discrimination would cause employers to be open minded and solely concerned with the skills of perspective employees. However, hiring procedures such as personal interviews leave subconscious impressions and unintentional judgments based on appearances. For this reason, employers should be especially aware of their intent for hiring certain individuals. It is not just the unattractive experiencing prejudice within the workforce. A Harvard University librarian, Desiree Goodwin, brought a case to court alleging that she was denied promotions because she was too attractive to fit the image of a librarian (Baldas). [...]
[...] The issue of appearance discrimination encumbers our society by enforcing stereotypes and subconscious judgments of people who deserve equal treatment. Hirschfeld points out that "On the surface this may look like another symptom of a litigious society, but it goes much deeper than that” as the authority of management strain ensure customer satisfaction versus an employee's right(s).” Appearance should not be considered when assessing an individual's character, knowledge, or competence. If I included a picture of myself with this paper, you may develop a preconceived notion of my intelligence that would cause you change your thoughts on this essay. [...]
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[...] Appearance can also be linked to Anti Discrimination laws in cases where religious practices entail having a beard or the fact that certain races tend to be shorter. Attaching appearance prejudices to discrimination laws is somewhat effective. However, more protection should be given to people facing inferior opportunities attributable to their exterior. Although appearance discrimination is not outwardly against the law, it is very important for companies to instate corporate policies against unjustified prejudices. Such policies will promote a sense of equality and therefore enhance moral within the company. [...]
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