"The federal government has no law forbidding 'attractiveness discrimination.' Only a few places do: Washington D.C., and Santa Cruz and San Francisco in California." - THE ECONOMIST, July 21, 2012
New head of social company Yahoo Marissa Mayer has blonde hair, blue eyes and is under-40. She is conventionally pretty. I was born with brown hair and brown eyes and am way over 40. Although I have not been singled out for ugliness, I have never been classified as conventionally beautiful. Since Mayer's job is not technical but one of leadership and management I could be doing it. After all, I have decades of experience leading and operating communications boutiques.
The legal issue here is not that I didn't get the job. The fact is that I didn't apply for it. The novel legal issue might just be that: I didn't apply for it. Yahoo is in a glamorous youthful business. That discourages folks like myself from competing in that space for jobs and even contracts.
Should we dynamite leaders and managers who aren't among the Beautiful People and are over-40 file a class action law suit about the harm done by lookism and ageism in America? Also, is the social media sector losing an edge by ruling out us folks lacking the right look and extreme youth? I examine that niche for the financial information company Motley Fool. Here you can review how I connect the dots.