height requirement for a job. is it discrimination?

Philippines
February 12, 2007 9:36am CST
i have to admit, there are companies who wants a taller worker eventhough there not efficient. does this discriminate smaller applicant that might have appropriate qualities for a particular job.
4 responses
@davaoguy (319)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I know it's kind of discrimination. But we have to admit that in some jobs, height really matters. Like for instance, you're a cashier in a counter. Would the people change the height of the counters to accomodate smaller people who applied for it? That would be too expensive. However, in some jobs, it should be the ability, knowledge and skills of people that should be the prime criteria and not the height.
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
how about pleasing personality? some companies requires this for a job?
@alantae (244)
• United States
12 Feb 07
If they're simply not hiring people just based on the fact that they're not tall, then yes I would say that's easily a form of discrimination. But if they're doing it because the particular job is more suited to someone who is taller, then I wouldn't necessarily call that discrimination. If you were an employer and you had a job that would be most efficiently done by a taller person, would you look to hire a tall person or a short person? Tall right? Not because you have something against short people, but because the particular job calls for a taller person. So it really depends on the specific situation.
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
how about some companies requiring "w/ pleasing personality" like secretary and etc.
• United States
12 Feb 07
If you apply for a job, go to the interview and they tell you that they are unable to hire you because of your height, then yes this is discrimination and they can be fined for it. Companies are not allowed to discriminate against anyone. But if you go for an interview and they do not say that outright you have to find some kind of proof that is the reason you were not hired. If you have proof you can call the BBB Better Business Bureau and report them. If you do not have proof you can call the BBB and they will investigate but nothing may come out of it.
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
employer will never tell anyone(applicant) that she/he is not suit for that job for the reason that they might hurt some feelings.instead they will tell the person to wait for a call from them for the final interview.
@merkava (1225)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
If it's a clerical job I don't see the need. But if it involves getting physical like a flight attendant must be this tall so that at least she can reach the top luggage compartment. I find it insulting when some companies reject applicants who are very well qualified but lack the height. I just don't get it!? I think the company has the notion that "taller is better."