This is an off-shoot thread from Ahmadinejad: no homosexuals in Iran about discrimination in business practices: I see it more of a business practice to ensure your employees look "presentable" to the public. In my customers are a little uncomfortable with a cashier that has facial piercings and visable tattoos, I would rather hire someone with a more "clean cut" appearance so my customers have a better shopping experience in my store and return to make future purchases. This can only go so far though. You could argue that in some areas of the country with certain stores, your customers might feel more comfortable with white cashiers instead of black cashiers so you don't hire any black cashiers. That of course has crossed the line. Which brings up an excellent debate of where is the line.... What about places like American Eagle which has been accused of only hiring attractive employees because they believe it helps them sell more clothes. Can they get away with it if they call them cashiers/models? What about places like GNC Nutrition centers hiring overweight employees? I remember I was in a GNC store once looking at Atkins low carb bars and the cashier stated to me, "Those Atkins bars a great. Low carb is the way to go to lose weight." Of course she was about 50 lbs overweight. Where is the ethical line that justifies discrimination in business practices?