Ugliness could be protected generally in the United States by small extensions of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Ugly people could be allowed to seek help from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies in overcoming the effects of discrimination. We could even have affirmative-action programs for the ugly.This is egalitarian micro-management gone mad. The underlying thought here is that ugly people are somehow cheated on life. However, I doubt the success/happiness barrier divides directly between attractive and ugly, as Hamermesh's theory implies. A year doesn't go by without some super attractive model or actress committing suicide. If beauty was the key to the kingdom of happiness, this wouldn't happen.
Further, basic economics teaches that if ugly people are in less demand, their wages would fall, which would cause entrepreneurs to bid their wages up close to that of attractive people, since there would be profit to do so.
The only thing ugly here is Hamermesh's mad call for more government interference in the economy, on the dubious contention that ugly people are getting short-changed and that there is some kind of objective method by which ugly people can be determined.