Attractive men ‘discriminated’ in competitive jobs

Men who are attractive may be discriminated against in competitive jobs because the other men in the company are worried that they will be made to look bad in comparison.

Reported in The Times, research shows that more attractive men are generally considered more competent – although the same is not always true for women.

The study, published in Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, involved more than 800 people taking part in a series of tasks in which they had to evaluate potential candidates. They were primed to believe that they were either going to have to co-operate with, or compete against the people they were judging.