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Is 'ugly' a protected class?

J. Craig Williams is posting the text of a debate between Martha Davis of Northeastern University School of Law and himself regarding his original post on the California Supreme Court's decision in the Yanowitz v. L'Oreal case, which opened:

You can add "ugly" to the protected classes of race, color, religion, sex, national origin and age, according to the California Supreme Court ... Sure, that's a gross overgeneralization, but I'm left with few other ways to characterize it.

The debate was originally schedule to appear on Legal Affairs' Web site. In Professor Davis' opening salvo, she says:

[t]urning to the question of whether a legislature should add “ugly” to the list of protected classes, my answer has to be no. Perhaps with enough data that ugliness discrimination is comparable to race and sex discrimination, I could be convinced otherwise.

Posted by LaurenGelman on September 2, 2005 at 02:32 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)


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