Effects Of Discrimination Based On Discrimination

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Discrimination Based on Looks Too fat. Too skinny. Too tall. Too short. Countless opinions on one’s appearance overrun today’s society. Demands on how one should look have infiltrated obvious spaces like social media, school, and television; however, many people have started to criticize employers for hiring and firing based on appearance. Minimal laws are in effect today that deter anyone in the workforce from discriminating against the way someone looks. The ability to employ and fire based on things like obesity, fashion, and appearance leads to many problems and has recently forced executives everywhere to be cautious about whom they employ. With a more regulated employment process, people discriminated against would no longer face obstacles…show more content…
The world today revolves around style. Society used to base worth on the types of brands that people bring, but now it does not matter who is the designer, as long as it is fashionable, people accept the style. The guidelines for fashion also carry over into the workforce. Melanie Darbyshire, author for Business in Calgary, in her article about dressing for work, explains “As soon as someone walks through the door an impression is made, and unfortunately, that impression is largely affected by a person’s appearance” (Darbyshire). It is innate in humans to judge people upon first glance. Though human nature is hard to overcome, innate definitions of beauty are not meant to employ people. In the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” the main character, Chris, shows up to a job interview in jeans, a t-shirt, and hoodie jacket after spending the night in jail for not paying parking tickets. His interviewers were pompous executives dressed in fitted suits. He explains his strengths were answering any questions presented to him and giving honest answers. One of them asks, “Chris, what would say if a guy walked in for an interview without a shirt on, and I hired him. What would you say?” Chris responds with an extremely witty response: “He must have had on some really nice pants.” I know there needs to be a citation for this, but I do not…show more content…
Administrative Professional Today addresses the topic “Can You Be Fired for the Way You Look?”: [I]f a job-seeker is knocking at an employer’s door, it’s reasonable for the hiring manager to consider if his or her appearance is in line with its workforce” (“Can”). While it is reasonable to make sure the person is at least presentable, discriminating against someone because they were not specifically considered “pretty” or “conventional” is not in any way just. A legislature that would protect against the people who claim to have been discriminated against in such a way would do nothing but help grow businesses and their employees. Dove has recently done real beauty campaigns that show women with “real beauty;” however, even these women seem to be the best of the “worst,” being women who have good complexion, slim faces, and pretty hair (“The Dove”). While the commercial isn’t necessarily discriminatory, it proves that society knows what is pretty; however, the workforce does not need beautiful. The workforce needs capable, intelligent employees that are able to complete their job to the best of their
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