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.
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.
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.
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.
Another round of intolerant comments in response to an article about intolerance and discrimination.
Such a naturally pretty girl…what a shame!
I wouldn’t send my kids to a preschool with a teacher with tattoos! How’s this going to look when her skin starts to go south! Lifelong designs made so vulnerably young
The only thing you should be ashamed of is professing the fact that you wouldn’t send your kids to preschool with a teacher with tattoos. With parents teaching intolerance at such a young age, it’s no wonder there are still so many people walking around hating people for their personal choices.
Sorry, but that’s the world we live in. You may have the right to do what you like to your body, but others have the right to not like it at all. You will not be able to change attitudes. Think carefully because its a lifetime you will have to put up with it. She is absolutely gorgeous, WHY would she desicrate her body with this copycrap?
I’m sorry, but attitudes towards tattoos have significantly changed in recent years. Having the attitude of “you can’t change people, so why bother trying” will never get you anywhere in life. I have personally changed quite a few attitudes about tattooed people and the ability to do so is one of the driving forces behind this blog.
What happened with commemorating momentous occassions with a damn photo? GGeeeeeezzzzzzzz.
I think the irony of being an ‘individual’ is lost on these people when they all look the same and they don’t even realise!
I take plenty of photos to commemorate momentous occasions, but my tattoos represent a time in my life that cannot be summed up with photographs. There was no single event to capture on film.
I never understood the argument that getting a tattoo will make you look the same as everyone else with a tattoo. That’s like saying that I look like everyone else because I wear pants to work. And shoes too. Everyone wear shoes.
I just do not get the current youth who seem to enjoy having tatoos. I do not care what you are like, a tatoo just turns me off you totally. No chance to create another image.
This last comment is probably the worst of them all. He actually seems proud to admit to the fact that he is incapable of even attempting to get to know a person with tattoos. If you have tattoos, his mind is made up and nothing you can do will change it. I have one simple question to those who have this same attitude.
What would you do if a close friend or relative or yours went out and got a huge tattoo?