Looks and Work
Are looks everything nowadays? It seems more than ever that workplaces are hiring employees for looks rather than experience. Is it discrimination or is it fair? Some see it as hurtful ways of doing business while others see it as corporations just trying to make profit. Why is it that corporations see this as a way of business and others see it as unlawful discrimination and bias? The world is constantly trying to pursue money and puts it above all other things. Business is shrewd and unkind, but is there a limit? Retailers today argue that hiring for looks is just another way of business, yet it can be demeaning and hurtful to prospective employees, and should not be the sole source of hiring an employee.
Many analysts and experts in the field of business maintain that hiring for looks is no different than hiring a person for experience. In the modern times we live in appearance is pervasive at many big name retailers. Retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister are some of the most infamous offenders, but they are not the only culprits. Many gyms, retail stores, restaurants, and other business emphatically search for looks in a potential employee. Businesses see looks as a way for making the bottom line. Often times for many businesses looks are what brings in customers and brings in money. Many will say that statistics do not lie when it comes down to earnings reports and profit charts. While it may be a way to bring in cash and customers, it is not fair to many potential job seekers that are turned away because of a lack of looks.
It is true that times have changed and so has the way business is done, yet many times experience and work ethic can offer so much more than looks can. Cohen presents a valid argument, “In today’s competitive retail environment, the methods have changed for capturing the consumer’s awareness of your brand.” It is true that business can often times change yet people often do not. It is not fair for a job seeker with ten plus years of experience to be overlooked and rejected for another candidate that has...