(STUDY FINDS) -- LONDON — Despite the fact that employment regulations state it is illegal to discriminate against a potential employee due to their sex, religion or other personal characteristics, a surprising new survey finds more than half of employers admit to still judging job applicants based on their appearance.
The research, commissioned by Greene King, surveyed 1,000 hiring managers and bosses in the United Kingdom. Overall, 51% said they have knowingly discriminated against a potential employee because of the way they looked. Of those, 43% said they didn’t hire the candidate because of their visible tattoos. Another 40% didn’t hire candidates based on their clothes, while hair color put off 30% of employers.
Similarly, about half of respondents said they can’t “look beyond” an interviewee’s physical appearance, even if they appear to be more than capable of excelling in the job they are applying for. To that effect, 21% said they didn’t hire a candidate because they had a disability.
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