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Benjamin E. Conlon Dtae: 5/16/2017 Course:English 12 ACP Teacher; Haywood Senior Research Paper: 21st Discrimination in the Workplace This paper is a legal, ethical, and practical examination of appearance discrimination in employment. “Appearance,” however, is a broad legal and practical aspect, encompassing not only looks, but also dress and grooming standards in the workplace. This paper focusses in on one important, and highly controversial, aspect of appearance discrimination – discrimination in favor of people who are perceived as physically attractive and against people who are not physically attractive. Like many legal terms, there is a parallel culturally coined descriptive phrase of “lookism,” which is widely used to identify this treatment of people in ways biased by their perceived individual level of physical attractiveness. The authors examine federal, state, and local statutes, case law interpreting said statutes, and legal and management commentary regarding appearance discrimination. The authors’ scrutiny exclusively focus upon employees being negatively impacted in the workplace due to their perceived “unattractiveness,” rather than the “reverse appearance discrimination” perspective, which was alleged in Lorenzana v. Citigroup Inc (2010) by a former Citibank employee claiming that she was terminated for being “too hot” according to her filed complaint. Following this introduction section, the authors first provide some background material as to societal norms concerning “attractiveness,” the
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existence of appearance discrimination in society, especially regarding employment, and the presence of a certain “preferring the pretty” norm, and consequently discrimination against less attractive people.
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