Stores bet on pretty faces to help turn pretty penny [USA]

Author: Steven Greenhouse, New York Times, Published on: 13 July 2003

From Abercrombie to the cosmetics giant L'Oreal, from the sleek W hotel chain to the Gap, businesses are openly seeking workers who are sexy or simply good-looking...In doing so, some of those companies have skirted the edges of antidiscrimination laws, provoking a wave of private and government lawsuits. Hiring attractive people is not necessarily illegal, but discriminating on the basis of age, sex or ethnicity is. [refers to lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch; racial discrimination settlement by hotel entrepreneur Ian Schrager]

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Related companies: Abercrombie & Fitch Gap L'Oreal