Lookism Tainting The Job Market
‘Lookism’ is reportedly the new racism, according to an article in Marie Claire.
It is currently the subject of several court actions, and economist Daniel Hamermesh argues that ugliness is no different from race or a disability, and suggests unattractive people deserve legal protection.
He said, “My research shows being good-looking helps you earn more money, find a higher-earning spouse and even get better deals on mortgages.
Some people are born ugly and there’s not much they can do about it. You’re pretty much stuck with your looks.”
However, Lawrence Davies, of the Equal Justice law firm, believes we should be wary of amending current equality laws: “People who appear to be conventionally beautiful have fewer barriers to workplace success. However, protecting conventionally ugly people or offensively linking that condition to a disability would take society in the wrong direction.”
What do you think of this?