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Graduate job employers told to put skills over appearance

Published: Friday, 15 January 2010   Category: Diversity Jobs

Employers should not make assumptions about the capabilities of a graduate job hunter based on their appearance and should instead focus on the skills and abilities listed on their CVs, it has been stated.

A recent survey from Slimming World and YouGov of 2,000 people highlighted that many overweight job seekers often fail to be hired based on the expectations that they lack self control and are lazy.

Meanwhile, it was also discovered that a quarter of the male managers questioned from the 227 employers would reject a person's application based solely on their weight.

This has led Steve Williams, head of equality services at employment organisation Acas, to comment that employers are not breaking any rules through this decision, but may not be getting the best employee in terms of skills.

He said: "There are no legal rules around the issue of weight discrimination in the workplace.

"We would always urge employers to judge on skills and abilities alone and not make assumptions."

Mr Williams added that employers also have a "duty of care" to ensure that their staff are not being bullied while at work, whether it be in terms of their weight, hair colour or height.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19560555-ADNFCR

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