Where do you draw the line?
There have been a few posts regarding height and weight discrimination in the workplace in response to the bill that Massachusetts State Representative Byron Rushing is trying to make into law. Along those lines, I found this very interesting article from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis regarding the relationship between physical characteristics of employees and their wage. According to the article, "The average CEO is approximately 3 inches taller than the average American man, who stands 5-foot-9. Further, 30 percent of CEOs are at least 6-foot-2; the corresponding percentage for American adult men overall is only 3.9 percent." The article also gives some pretty clear evidence that factors such as beauty, height, and weight do affect an employee's wage.
I understand the desire to create law protecting employees from discrimination based on height and weight...but what about beauty? Where should the line be drawn as to which groups get legal protection and which group do not? Should the law continue to set out regulations and protections for characteristics not covered by Title VII, or is this opening the door to too much government interference in the workplace?