Fire the Tomboy, Whatta You Mean--That's Sex Discrimination?
The Associated Press is reporting on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision reversing summary judgment in a sex discrimination case where a "Tomboy" clerk at the Heartland Inns hotel chain was fired for appearing "too masculine."
Brenna Lewis had received two merit-pay increases while at her Heartland Inn's job and received praise from patrons of the hotel chain for her service. Nonetheless, Heartland, fired Miss Lewis: I'm quoting from the court of appeals decision:
"'After seeing Lewis, however, [a supervisor] told [Lewis' boss] that she was not sure Lewis was a 'good fit' for the front desk. [The supervisor] called [Lewis's boss] a few days later and again raised the subject of Lewis' appearance. Lewis describes her own appearance as 'slightly more masculine,' and [her boss] has characterized it as 'an Ellen DeGeneres kind of look.'"
Preposterous! Employers look like silly asses when they go down this path. How they look, that, my dear readers, is what should concern them.