Browsing articles tagged with " discrimination"
Oct 23, 2014

Support Tattoos and Piercings at Work

I was recently contacted by the Communications Director of ‘Support Tattoos and Piercings at Work’, or STAPAW for short. In their own words STAPAW is a Heal the World movement aimed at raising awareness about discrimination of piercings and tattoos in the workplace. STAPAW helps pierced and/or inked staff and bosses, as well as non-pierced and non-inked staff and bosses in the following ways:

  • Change stereotypes.
  • Encourage positive character and work ethic.
  • Feature positive companies and employers.
  • Feature hard working employees.
  • Help employees who lose their job because of discrimination.
  • Work with companies to change dress code and hiring policies.
  • Educate employers on the negative effects of discrimination.
  • Protect employers’ right of decision making.
  • Promote community involvement with charities.
  • Change perceptions, not by words, but by actions.

My goal for this blog is to help change stereotypes and perceptions. STAPAW takes it to the next level by reaching out to people affected by discrimination and working with companies to change policies. I encourage everyone to check out their website and get involved if possible. There are petitions to sign, opportunities to volunteer and contents to enter. Doing something as simple as sharing the link to their site is a help to the cause.

May 30, 2013

Company wins right to ask employee to cover up tattoos

Yet another tattooed employee news story.

A spit roast catering company has been awarded $15,000 in costs against the Director of Human Rights Proceedings after winning the right to ask an employee to cover up her tattoos.

The award by the Human Rights Review Tribunal, comes 18 months after it ruled there was no direct discrimination to the employee, Claire Haupini.

May 27, 2013

Tattoos and Employment

Articles about tattoos in the workplace have been popping up everywhere and I have received a number of emails from engineering students who are questioning how tattoos might affect their chances of getting a job after graduation.

Every time the topic of tattoos and employment is brought up I give the same answers, so I thought it was time to write a little more about it. Referring back to one of my earlier posts which is now well over 2 years old, Some Basic Tattoo Advice, I said this

Think about how tattoo placement will effect your possibility of future employment. Qualified or not, I doubt these guys are going to be hired any time soon.

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Apr 22, 2013

Keeping Their Art to Themselves

Sixty-one percent of human-resource managers asked last year in an annual survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania said a tattoo would hurt a job applicant’s chances, up from 57 percent in 2011.

I’m very surprised to see that this number has increased. No matter how acceptable tattoos become in society, I will always maintain that they should be covered whenever possible during job interviews. This statistic shows why it is so important to do so. Some people may say that they don’t want to work for a company that would allow for discrimination against someone because of their tattoos. That’s all well and good until it’s time to pay the bills and you are still looking for a job. Interviews are about showing your best. Wearing a good suit, being on your best behavior. Once hired, you can drop your guard a little, but the interview is not the time to don the short-sleeved shirt and show off your ink unless you are absolutely sure that it will be received positively.

May 28, 2012

Tattooed job-seekers may have tough time getting hired

Ariel Rivera, back home from college, thought she’d landed the perfect summer job — until the topic of conversation turned to tattoos.

The 20-year-old Bethlehem resident with a big smile and a wholesome demeanor had made it to her second interview to be a ride operator at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom but was suddenly dismissed after mentioning that she had a tattoo on the back of her neck.

And while U.S. law bars discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, age and disability, tattoos don’t fit into any of those categories.

“No judge is going to buy that,” Sigmon said. “They don’t have a right to a discrimination claim [either].”

The only recourse, for some, is laser ink removal — a potentially expensive and time-consuming procedure.

This is the reality of being tattooed. Employers have the right to not hire you because you have tattoos. You may think it is discrimination, but it is essentially the same as enforcing a dress code. You were not born with tattoos and in most cases nobody forced you to go get them.

No matter how widely accepted tattoos become there will still be people who look at them in a negative way. A business owner needs to understand their customer base and if they determine that tattoos would be bad for business, they can make a policy banning all visible tattoos. Just like they can require employees to wear a uniform, or come to work in a suit and tie every day.

Can these policies be frustrating and prevent certain people from getting jobs? Yes.

Is it discrimination? No.

I think people, especially younger people, don’t always grasp the concept of permanent and we are seeing the consequences as more and more are experiencing this type of trouble while out job hunting. A tattoo is a serious commitment and an appropriate amount of thought must be put into that decision.