When a person is discriminated against based on some aspect of their physical appearance, the term lookism is sometimes used. It is most pertinent in workplaces where there are customer-facing jobs which managers believe require a certain type of physical appearance. Although countries do not have legislation specifically preventing discrimination on the basis of appearance, other equality legislation might offer some protection where appearance might be deemed to be associated with characteristics such as sex, gender, sexuality, disability, age, race/ethnicity, and religion. Whilst the term is new, the concept of discrimination based on appearance is well established.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.