Mustache advocacy group studies workplace bias of facial hair

Mustache advocacy group studies workplace bias of facial hair

Aaron Perlut Aaron Perlut

The American Mustache Institute (AMI) has embarked on an eighty-city tour to promote their study on perceptions of mustached Americans in the workplace.

Their Mobile Mustache Unit hit the streets of downtown Nashville on Wednesday; a city they say is within the "Mustache Belt" of the country.

The institution spent time on Broadway interviewing people on their impressions of mustaches in the workplace and giving them information on how to take their study.

Aaron Perlut, Chairman Emeritus of the institute, said they are an advocacy organization whose goal is to defend the rights of Americans with facial hair.

He explained those with facial hair say they face discrimination in the workplace and have been threatened with losing their jobs.

"There might be levels of professionalism in terms of how it's groomed or what have you, and we don't have a problem with that. It's merely the ability to have facial hair in whatever work environment you are in," explained Perlut.

According to the study, one place facial hair discrimination won't be found in Nashville is the CMT Network.  The institution named it a "mustache positive" employer.

To take part in the organization's survey, visit

AMI has visited St. Louis, Nashville and Louisville so far.  The remaining cities on their tour include Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

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