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The Impact of Gendered Lookism During Employment Stages: How Physical Appearance Discrimination Influences Recruitment, Hiring, and Compensation

The Impact of Gendered Lookism During Employment Stages: How Physical Appearance Discrimination Influences Recruitment, Hiring, and Compensation
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Author(s): Cynthia Sims (College of DuPage, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 35
Source title: Implementation Strategies for Improving Diversity in Organizations
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Claretha Hughes (University of Arkansas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4745-8.ch003

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Abstract

Lookism is preferential treatment of those considered to be attractive and discrimination against those deemed less physically desirable. Value is attached to certain physical characteristics such as skin tone, weight, facial features, and hair color. Two of the phenomena that exist under the umbrella of lookism are colorism and weightism, both of which create social and workplace inequities. There are studies that explore physical appearance discrimination external to and within workplaces in the United States, and an emerging body of literature regarding lookism abroad exists. Some of this research focuses on women's experiences with lookism in the workplace. Since today's global workforce is composed of women from various countries and cultural backgrounds, and their cultural values impact their career aspirations and career opportunities, organizational and career development professionals must understand the implications of both U.S. and global lookism and employ strategies to address and prevent the related issues.

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