NEVER in the USA will you see a job application (for flight attendant or anything else) that asks your age, weight, height, marital status, number of children, etc.
Well this is pretty damned stupid if you ask me.
Can anyone show me a photo of a 5'2" female flight attendant? Or how about a 125 kg female flight attendant? The truth is...there isn't any. Employers, even with anti-discrimination laws, are allowed to deny employment to anyone on the grounds of:
1) Hindrance to safety
The fact is, is that a 5'2" flight attendanty CANNOT perform the duties which are required by the job....most importantly, that being of safety.
From Southwest Airlines website:
Must be able to lift of up to 50 pounds from floor to shoulder level with assistance as required. Also requires the ability to lift carryon items from floor to shoulder level with assistance.
Fact is, is that a 5'2" f/a would not be able to do this.
Also, I know that most American airlines will stipulate that their f/a's are to be of at least 20 years of age.
From the AA website:
Applicants must be at least 20 years of age
As to f/a's not having to look "their best" because of freedom or whatever people like to think of it as, from WN's website:
A well-groomed appearance is required. Weight must be of such proportion to height that a neat appearance is maintained and physical ability to perform all functions is not hindered. The ability to, while facing forward, walk and fit comfortably down the aircraft aisle, fit quickly through the overwing window exit, and to fit into a jumpseat harness without modification, including closure without a seatbelt extension.
This would mean that a 125kg woman would probably not be able to fulfill this criteria. I also doubt that AA would allow a "goth" to dress in that garb whilst on duty.
Companies have a right to portray an image which they feel is representative of the company as a whole....EEO laws or not. Maybe some people need to really understand the principles behind this when it comes to employment law. Whilst not an employment law expert, I am employed within the Human Resource function in my country, and the EEO laws between Australia, Canada, America and Europe don't differ all that much.