TIL, that in many states it is perfectly legal to refuse to hire someone because they are too ugly, fat, skinny or short.

From this article linked on the page, here's the bad news for being short:

"Our estimates suggest that if the average man of about 178 centimeters (5-foot 10-inches) gains an additional five centimeters (2-inches) in height, he would be able to earn an extra $950 per year - which is approximately equal to the wage gain from one extra year of labor market experience", explained co-author Professor Andrew Leigh.

"Our estimates suggest that if the average man of about 178 centimeters (5-foot 10-inches) gains an additional five centimeters (2-inches) in height, he would be able to earn an extra $950 per year - which is approximately equal to the wage gain from one extra year of labor market experience", explained co-author Professor Andrew Leigh.

The study also finds that, while there are wage returns to height in Australia, there are no systematic wage penalties to having a higher body mass index BMI. Professor Leigh added, "We began the project with a primary interest in whether overweight people were paid less, but eventually realized that the most interesting thing in the data is the relationship between height and wages."

Additional insights from the study revealed that taller women also tended to earn more than shorter women.

Other studies in the United States and Britain put the extra earnings at nearly that much per inch. "The truth is, tall people do make more money. They make $789 more per inch per year," says Arianne Cohen, author of "The Tall Book" (Bloomsbury USA, June, 2009).

There's nothing else physically measurable about tall people that explains the salary boost, however, Cohen explained recently on American Public Media's radio program Marketplace. "They're not nicer. They're not prettier. They're not anything else. But they've sort of gotten a halo in society at this point."

That makes height as important as race or gender as a determinant of wages. And it works for women as well as men.

The good news:

So is there something special about being tall? Some researchers think that being tall may help children develop more self-confidence earlier in life. "Tall people tend to act like a leader from a very young age because other children relate to them like a slightly older peer," Cohen said on the radio program. "In the workplace, when you're automatically acting as a leader, that's really important when it comes time for promotion."

A 2003 study of 2,000 U.S. men found that their height at age 16 had a big effect on their salary as an adult, regardless of how tall they ended up being. "We found that two adults of the same age and height, who were different heights at age 16, were treated differently in the labor market. The taller teen earned more," said study team member Nicola Persico of the University of Pennsylvania.

Tl;dr If you're short, it statistically sucks to be you, but there's also evidence that if you step your confidence game up and act like a boss, you should be fine.

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