Faculty Publications

Title

Employee appearance and the Americans with Disabilities Act: An emerging issue?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

disabilities, discrimination, managerial versus employee rights, physical appearance, social issues, social responsiveness, stigma

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

Volume

5

Issue

4

First Page

323

Last Page

338

Abstract

The recent passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), considered the most far-reaching civil rights legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, promises to raise demanding new challenges for employers. This article alerts readers to one example of what may prove to be a long list of unanticipated, but potentially onerous, repercussions from this legislation. Specifically discussed is the role of the ADA in the likely emergence of the issue of employee physical appearance. In addition to the role of the ADA, we explain how other legal forces, as well as organizational and economic forces, may propel physical appearances to the level of a formidable social issue. © 1992 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Original Publication Date

12-1-1992

DOI of published version

10.1007/BF01388308

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