Understand what an employer may lawfully require regarding employees appearance.
Anyone who says that appearance doesnt matter in the job market and in the workplace hasnt kept up on their reading. Studies have repeatedly linked attractiveness to job success, in some industries much more so than others. However, lookism, (treating someone differently based on hisher appearance), can be much more than just a benchmark for success. it can impact morale in the workplace andor lead to discrimination or harassment claims. Indeed, in February 2019, New York City amended its legal enforcement guidance to hold that appearance and grooming policies that ban natural hair or hairstyle, which the commission states disproportionately impact black New Yorkers, are unlawful discriminatory treatment under the NYC Human Rights Law. This material will discuss how lookism, your policies, practices and statements, can affect the workplace and how it may put your organization at risk, while also identifying concrete steps that your organization can take to reduce that risk.
Is Lookism a Thing? and If so, Is It Illegal?
• What Do the Studies Say?
• Recent Lawsuits and Settlements
• Laws Which Touch on Appearance Discrimination
The Connection Between Lookism and Discrimination
• Sex Discrimination
• Disability Discrimination
• Religious Discrimination
What Can Employers Do to Avoid Lookism Claims?
• What Would an Anti-Lookism Policy Look Like?
• How Do You Train Employees to Avoid Stereotyping Based on Appearance?
Amber M. Spataro with Littler Mendelson P.C.
CLE (Please check the Detailed Credit Information page for states that have already been approved) ,HR Certification Institute ,SHRM ,Additional credit may be available upon request.