Lookism — hiring someone based on their appearance rather than their abilities — is a common problem in many fields. Is it an issue if you work in IT?
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Business Insider yesterday noted that complaints to anti-discrimination boards about hiring practices based on looks seem to be on the rise. A report from the University of Sydney identified 107 instances and suggested being “ugly” might slice $30,000 off your salary.
Lazy stereotyping suggests that people working in technology are obese or pale or glasses-wearing nerds, but the reality is far more diverse. I’m wondering, though: have you ever seen a colleague paid more based on appearance rather than aptitude, or experienced that yourself? Tell us (modestly) in the comments.
Lookism Is Real And Could Be Costing You Your Dream Job [Business Insider]