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Ugly Face Of Discrimination

Publication Date: 
June 22, 2010
The Australian

Professor Deborah Rhode's book, The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law is mentioned in The Australian:

In an essay on the growing problem of appearance-based discrimination, Lindsay Beyerstein says at that between 12 and 14 per cent of workers had suffered some sort of appearance-based discrimination and that people considered unattractive generally earn less than their better-looking counterparts. Reviewing The Beauty Bias The Injustice of Appearance in Law and Life, by Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode, Beyerstein says "Resumes get less consideration if the boss thinks they're coming from an unattractive person. Rhode notes that unattractive people are less likely to get hired and promoted and that they earn less on average, even in occupations where appearance has nothing to do with the job." Obesity is also a factor.

But there is a flipside . . . being too attractive. Beyerstein cites the case of US banker Debrahlee Lorenzana, who has instigated legal action "claiming that she was fired for distracting her male colleagues with excessive sexiness"