19 January 2010
Firms 'should not discriminate on basis of appearance'
Employers should not discriminate against job candidates on the basis of their appearance, it has been noted.
According to Steve Williams, head of equality services at Acas, potential workers should be assessed on their experience and abilities.
His remarks follow the release of research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Slimming World, which showed that one in four male bosses would turn down a jobseeker based purely on their weight.
In addition, one if four people who are obese said they have been suffered negative comments while at work, while one in three admit they feel like 'second-class citizens'.
Mr Williams said: "If a colleague is being bullied in the workplace over their weight then an employer has a duty of care to deal with this and not ignore the situation."
Companies should invest in keeping line managers and supervisors' people management skills up to date, he added.