Beauty Discrimination During a Job Search

A new study suggests that while handsome men do better while looking for work, good looks can end up hurting a woman’s chances of scoring a job interview.  The study was conducted by economists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.  The economist sent  5,312 resumes to more than 2,600 employers who had advertised job openings.  Two applications with identically resumes were sent to employers. The only difference is that one resume included a photograph of the applicant, varying between attractive man or woman and a more plain-looking man or woman.  The results proved that an attractive man need only send on average five resumes with his photo to get one interview, while the plain-looking man needs to send eleven resumes with a photo to get an interview.  This figure did not hold true for women.  Those applications sent without a picture got a 16.6 percent callback rate, while a plain-looking woman received 13.6 percent callback rate, and an attractive woman received 12.8 percent callback rate.  Full article:  NY Times.

Although numerous studies have found attractive men maintain a significant edge in the workplace, the law stands firm that it is illegal to discriminate against individuals.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html.

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