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An article published in Newsweek this summer reminded us of the age-old “beauty bias” and the role such bias may play in the workplace. According to the article, “[I]n the current economy, when employers have more hiring options than ever, looks… aren’t just important; they’re critical.” [Jessica Bennett, The Beauty Advantage, Newsweek, July 19, 2010.] A few months earlier, Deborah L. Rhode, a Stanford law professor, published a book entitledThe Beauty Bias, in which she asserts that the law should play a role in addressing appearance discrimination in the workplace.

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