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Appereance is Everything

by Geraldo Fuentes

A friend of mine saw a feature on the news that amused him. He told me that, at five foot eight, he was considered "average" height for a man. He said that the story on the news stated that for every inch over the "average height," a male in the workplace could expect to earn an extra $600 each month. Considering that my friend was unemployed, he was happy to hear the good news and reported that he would immediately begin wearing elevated shoes. "Heck, until I find work, I am sure that I can live on $600 a month."

This bit of humor betrays a very real and serious problem that effects men and women in the workplace. It's a common problem, but one that is likely to be extremely difficult to eradicate.

Much public attention has been given to discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin and age. But there is a form of discrimination that is still a taboo in the workplace. It is seldom ever addressed, yet it is perhaps the most obvious form of favoritism when it comes to job hiring, promotions and social acceptance -- both on the job and in society in general.

Consider the following:

Attractive people are 2-5 times more likely to be hired

Attractive people earn 12 to 16 percent more

Attractive people are 2 to 7 times more likely to date and make friends

Attractive people are significantly more likely to attain elected office.

Consider the following:

Unattractive people are 2 to 6 times more likely to be laid off

Unattractive people are 2 to 5 times more likely to be convicted of a crime

Unattractive people are 2 to 3 times more likely to commit a crime

Unattractive people are significantly more likely to be abused as children

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