The Platinum Rule – “Treat people as they want to be treated.” This adaptation of The Golden Rule, the old-standby found in all religions and philosophies, requires communicating with the other person to ascertain what makes for that person’s dignity. It is no longer enough to treat people the way you want to be treated. Those times are long over.
There is no federal statute that directly addresses appearance discrimination per se, but people are still subject to tangible bias, humiliation, insults and more on this basis. The law must be flexible enough to reconcile legally recognized forms of discrimination and their intersection with those that are not.