Lookism: the new frontier of employment discrimination?

Chris Warhurst, Dianne van den Broek, Richard Hall, Dennis Nickson

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The reason that Chinese navy sailors must be good looking and well-mannered, according to a navy spokesman, is that, as China opens up to the world and its navy vessels visit and engage in joint exercises with other countries, its sailors become representatives of China. Beyond the media's attention-grabbing headlines, there is now established academic research from the USA and UK, as well as some emerging indications from Australia, highlighting links between an individual's looks and his or her pay and employment prospects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


  • employment discrimination
  • human resource management
  • HR


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