Terry wants to be hired to play the character of Snow White. Terry is rejected because he is a man.  How will discrimination laws affect Terry’s case?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Terry is not at all likely to get any help from discrimination laws.  This is because there is a logical reason to prefer a woman over a man to play the part of Snow White.

All laws discriminate between people.  A law punishing murder discriminates between those who murder and those who do not.  This sort of discrimination is obviously allowable because there is a good reason for it.  The sort of discrimination that is not legal is the sort that discriminates against some group for no good reason.

In Terry's case, there is a good reason to refuse to hire a man to play Snow White.  It is likely that no man could play Snow White as a beautiful young girl the way she is (arguably) supposed to be played.  Therefore, discriminating against Terry is logical and will be supported by law.