This is somewhat of a contradiction to the last article I posted, but tattoo policy obviously will vary from company to company.
While tattoos and body piercings have become more mainstream, they still cause some to blanch. And where there’s blanching, there may also be some employment discrimination. A few years ago, Texas A&M business professor Brian Elzweig reported that discrimination in employment decisions based on tattooing and body piercing was actually not illegal.
A study by Mr. Elzweig and Texas A&M University/Corpus Christi colleague Donna Peeples has looked at legal cases and potential workplace conflicts that can arise when tattoos and piercings enter the workplace — and found that employers usually come out on top.
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.
Excellent response to the absolutely terrible Matt Forney article that appeared on Return of Kings recently. It’s bad enough that I may just have to write my own response in the near future.
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.