Discrimination against attractive people? Science says it happens

Past research has often indicated that physically attractive job candidates in West Virginia are more likely to be selected during the hiring process. However, a new study claims that those findings are not entirely accurate. While those who are considered traditionally attractive might have an easier time finding higher-level jobs, they might also face discrimination when seeking lower-paying positions.

Researchers asked people with managerial experience to participate in their study examining the effects of a person's attractiveness during the hiring process. These participants were shown a photo of a potential candidate along with a list of achievements, then asked if they would consider hiring that candidate for a certain position. If the past studies were to be believed, the seemingly more-attractive candidates would have been more likely to be hired.

The study results indicated that many employers feel an unfair prejudice towards candidates who are considered traditionally attractive by current societal standards. These individuals are often considered to have an elevated sense of entitlement, which is based solely on their outward appearance rather than their accomplishments, experience or personality. In the study, attractive candidates were often passed over when the opening was for a lower paying or "unattractive" job.

This type of discrimination is still just that -- workplace discrimination. West Virginia employees and candidates have a right to be judged by their skills and abilities and not by their outward appearance, whether that is regarding their skin color, gender or overall appearance. When employers act in a discriminatory manner, they may be held accountable for their actions through the careful filing of a workplace discrimination suit. Not only can victims usually receive compensation for related damages, but they can also help create a better working environment.

Source: medicalnewstoday.com, "Attractive people not wanted for unattractive jobs, study finds", Ana Sandoiu, Oct. 28, 2017

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