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Earlier this year several Boston media outlets reported that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had launched an investigation into Marylou’s Coffee, a popular East Coast coffee shop chain known for hiring attractive female baristas.

The case highlights a growing debate over “beauty bias” in hiring and employment, which has led various jurisdictions to ban discrimination based on factors such as height, weight or personal appearance. In InsideCounsel’s September issue, experts weigh in on the legal precedent involved and advise in-house attorneys on how to avoid charges of discrimination.

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