A recent study published in research journal Human Performance found that those who are deemed less attractive in the workplace are more likely to be bullied and belittled.
It proves that working environments are not much different than high school cafeterias with the more attractive people making the less attractive people feel unhappy.
"Frankly, it's an ugly finding," said the lead investigator. "Although we like to think we're professional and mature in the workplace, it can be just like high school in many ways."
Researchers in the study surveyed 114 people who worked at a health care facility in America. In the questionnaire, they were asked about how their co-workers treated them, if they were cruel and if they said hurtful things.
Then, another group of people judged the attractiveness of those surveyed by looking at photos of them.
It was found that those who were deemed less attractive were treated more cruelly than their attractive co-workers.
The study did not take into account the workers' personalities and only focused on how they were treated and how attractive they were.
Authors of the study hope that their research will help people identify targets of bullying in the workplace and prompt managers to monitor certain employees to prevent them from being victims.