Man Sues Modeling Agency for Discrimination Based on Appearance

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LOS ANGELES—A man is charging one of the top modeling agencies here with discrimination for basing its hiring decisions on applicants’ looks and not taking other factors, such as academic achievements or community service, into account.

“In this day and age, for any modeling company to base its hiring decisions soley on whether a person is ‘good looking’ or not is indefrensible and, frankly, reprehensible,’ says aspiring actor Bradley Connors. “Everyone should be entitled to a fair shot at employment opportunities, particularly in these tough economic times, without having to depend on qualifications that not everyone can be expected to have.”

The Image Agency, named in the lawsuit as the defendant, called the charges “completely and utterly without merit” in a statement and said it will “vigorously challenge and prevail in this ill-conceived and regrettable action.”

In his filing with the United States District Court, District of Los Angeles, Connors contends it was “all about my looks” from the moment he walked into the interview. “I had to pose for a camera and undertake certain movements in front of a video camera.”

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Instead, they were looking for “attractive males to appear shirtless in an alcoholic beverage commercial directed at young female consumers,” and on this basis alone, “rejected my application with a four-word dismissal: ‘Not right for us.’”

Terry Cox, a spokesperson for the agency, says the company hires for a range of media needs and that presently the need is primarily for a client that produces alcoholic beverages directed at young females. “Our job is to deliver photogenic men that meet certain physical profiles for our client, and that was what we were hiring for on the day that Mr. Connors appeared at our offices for an interview,” she said.

Cox said the advertisement that Mr. Connors responded to made it clear the job was based primarily on looks “and also comfort before the camera.” On that basis, Mr. Connors was considered “not a good fit, despite the letters of recommendation he brought with him from Starbucks and the medical supply company.

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