Oh no here is something else for the PC wankers to get all upset about – lookism
General Pants, a popular clothing chain, appears to have found a winning formula for hiring shop assistants: no ugly people.
Wander into any store across Australia and it’s likely you will be greeted by staff who are young, beautiful and hip to the hipbone.
While General Pants would hardly be alone in seeking to recruit presentable staff – and the company wasn’t immediately available to comment – would such a practise be illegal even if it did?
Employers can be sued for discriminating on the basis of gender, race or disabilities. But, with the exception of one Australian state, they are free to discriminate when it comes to physical appearance.
But you can be too good looking
The most famous case of “beauty lookism” happened in New York in 2010, when Debrahlee Lorenzana, a Puerto Rican single mother, filed a suit against Citigroup, claiming that she was fired from her job at a Citibank branch for looking too “hot”.
Cannot see what the fuss is about. Good looking people generally earn more money in sales and therefore cost more to hire. The market will decide what rate an employer can afford to pay. The demand for good looking people in sales is driven from consumers buying their product. Do not pretend it is just men driving this requirement, women like being served by young, good looking men just as much as men the reverse. Many retail stores have become half nightclub, all hook up joints these days. Loud booming music and even their own scent.
The litigation that will result from adding “lookism” into discrimination law will be ridiculous.