Appearance Discrimination in Hiring Teaser

After conducting research for my Paper 2 about Hooters, its hiring practices, and its sexist practices, I became very interested in laws regarding hiring discrimination.  When looking up the current regulations there are on hiring discrimination, I noticed that there was no current laws prohibiting discrimination based on appearance.  Abercrombie & Fitch opens its London Store, 2007

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White Paper Proposal 3 – Society

For my White Paper Proposal Three I looked at two different books I found through the library source.  I found these to be very interesting because they not only looked at the discrimination at play based on attractiveness but also why such discrimination should and does exist. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal 2

The business perspective

Hiring for attractiveness is seen from very different stand points depending on which point of view you are looking at the issue from.  My last proposal discussed the Government perspective and how while there isn’t a current policy in place for attractiveness discrimination in hiring, the EEOC has investigated many companies because of their said hiring only the attractive but a policy still isn’t in place.  For this proposal I will look at the idea through a business perspective.

As one may think, businesses want to be able to hire whoever they think is best fit for the job.  If having attractive employees brings in more customers, than the company will defend this practice.  In order to look closer into why this is, and why businesses think it is ethical, I will look at a Newsweek article I came across detailing the results of a poll of hiring managers, and two different businesses who think this is ethical. Continue reading

White Paper Topic Take 2: Affirmative Action– Government Policy

I plan on writing the white paper on affirmative action.  Whether it will be focused on college admissions, hiring quotas or both has yet to be determined.  After completing an informal debate on the subject last semester, I have been interested on the various opinions on the benefits or drawbacks of affirmative action policies.  Some say that it is counterproductive to America’s end goal of a color-blind nation.  Others reason that affirmative action is a stepping stone towards that goal in that it gives minorities the same opportunities as whites who do not face discrimination.

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Hiring Discrimination


……sorry about the picture …. I had to!

There are many regulations set on hiring.  The government clearly has recognized that this is a problem and there are currently many regulations in place protecting individuals against this type of discrimination.  My idea for this Paper stemmed from my Paper 2 research topic of the ethical performance of Hooters.  While researching I came across many different articles of many different companies currently using questionable practices. Continue reading