Date: May 31st, 2012 6:02 PM
Author: Captain James T. Kirk
An employee in a highly visible position of substantial responsibility publicly states his intention to use the physical attractiveness of job applicants' wives as a hiring criterion.
His statement reflects 1) a presumption that the only job applicants who receive serious consideration will be male and 2) that criteria manifestly irrelevant to the applicant's qualifications will determine hiring decisions.
The practices he describes are illegal in some jurisdictions, although I don't know if they're illegal in Tennessee.
Should he be fired for exposing his institution to liability in a lawsuit for employment discrimination?