I just watched a segment on CNN that is suggesting Woman need to Sexy Up to get employed. The worst part of the story was the fact it was a woman who was suggesting this.
I am sorry, but when did we hit 88 mph in our DeLorean and end up back in the 1950’s? It’s understandable that there is a certain political faction out there that would love to do away with all the labor laws and workplace regulations that have been established over the past fifty years that not only protect employee rights, but also companies from un-productive practices and policies.
Here is my advice, if your hiring someone based on their sexuality, do not be surprised when a future sexual harassment lawsuit is brought against your company. What? Does that mean a woman cannot be sexy at work? No that is not what I am saying. What I said is “If your hiring someone based on their sexuality.”
It’s no different than hiring someone based on their age, gender, religious affiliation, ethnicity, or any other protected class. The only difference is this is just wrong and any recruiter, HR professional, manager or employer that engages in this practice is opening themselves up for a future sexual harassment lawsuit and more than likely going to lose on productivity.
You hire based on skills, talent, and ability to perform the job. If you’re hiring someone because she looks great in high heels or has spent some extra money on implants, Botox, and other cosmetic enhancements you might as well get out your check book, because this bad decision is going to cost you.
Again, not saying just because someone has done this does not mean they are going to sue you. But the last time I checked, breast implants do not increase your skills, talents and ability to perform the job. (Yeah, I am not going to go there). They may make you feel better about yourself, but it’s not going to increase your IQ, give you a college degree, or add years to your experience. With that said, over the years, I have had the great opportunity to work with very skilled, talented, and experienced woman who were also very attractive, but their personal beauty was not why they were hired. They were hired because of the business skills and abilities they brought to the organization.
So for these experts out there who are making their rounds on the media circus (I meant to say circus because I cannot take them serious with the horrible advice they are putting out there). If you hire because they fill that dress out well and after a few weeks or months, you find that she cannot perform the job, don’t act shocked when your businesses profits and accomplishments are less than expected.
Just like those experts who are suggesting that seniors need to look, act, and dress younger at interviews. Hire for skills, talent, and ability. If you’re asking for a college degree, 10 to 15 years experience in something, you should not expect your applicants to look like Justin Beiber.