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Body art discriminantion in the workplace

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*****All of these things are protected in regards to employment, however in 2013 body art discrimination is still alive and well, and socially acceptable. The reasoning is often because of the fear of "offending" a patron, yet other possibly offensive things are protected (as they should be IMO) such as national origin, religion including religious garments, gender identity, etc.
I understand employers may not want someone with, say, large ear gauges, or many tattoos, however there are employees who also don't want blacks or forigners, those of other religions, women, or open homosexuals, and those people still get the protection they deserve.

Why is this still acceptable in our culture? Do you agree or disagree with it? No bashing, let's all be big girls :)
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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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greenie63
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I just don't get this. 

Quoting Woodbabe:

When you choose to do this stuff to yourself, you are forced to accept that there WILL be consequences. Does this guy look like he'd get hired to be a Kindergarten Teacher?


toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:43 PM

 Employers should be allowed to not want that, and people that do things to their bodies really ought to know that. 

No everyone's going to think your "art" is pleasant to look at. 

Missy_diane408
by New Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:46 PM
I have plenty of tattoos but I have chosen to put them in easily covered areas for just this reason because I know that even though no one wants to be judged for having tattoos people and employers judge all the time even without doing it on purpose
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OneToughMami
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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I don't have this problem...I am so cool my art is accepted.

punky3175
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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I'm the same way. The salon I chose when I moved 3 years ago is full of women with visible tattoos. But I'm also tattooed so that probably colors my opinion of such things. Granted, none of them are like Kat what's-her-face (LA Ink) but they all have at least one if not more and are in visible locations.

I think seeing employees with visible tattoos makes me think the company is more open minded. I love when the pizza delivery kid with gauged ears shows up to deliver my pizza. He's always so polite and happy. :-)


Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting Woodbabe:

I think its because body art is something you electively choose to do to yourself to express who you are to the world.

You can say its not fair to judge you, but the harsh reality is that yes, you are judged. You are judged everyday on how to choose to present yourself to the world.


I am always pleasantly surprised to see people who have visable tattoos and piercings in places I'm not used to seeing that. I'm not bothered by it all and I really want to patron those places more frequently. I do agree with you and I was going to post something similar.

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punky3175
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM
How did I not know you had a nose piercing?!?!? That just makes you even more awesome! ;-)

Quoting FromAtoZ:

You make the choice when it comes to body modification.

I certainly would not hire some one with huge ear gages, holes all over their face (and my nose is pierced) or tattoos covering their body, offensive tats or otherwise.  I also have a tattoo.

Extreme is one thing, moderate is different.

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punky3175
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I work for a very historically conservative organization. There are many, many, many tattoos on display during the work day, especially during the summer. I think body art is becoming more acceptable and mainstream. People expressing themselves through tattoos and piercings does not accurately reflect the person's 'worth' or ability in any given field. I joke with my daughter that she's gonna be that cool tattooed/pierced veterinarian everyone loves.

ETA: I still don't think these should be 'protected classes. Society has to change without the demand of government.
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lga1965
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

 

Quoting Bek22:

I have tattoos and have never had a problem with being asked to cover them up.

 I think it all depends on where you work. where do you work?What type of job?And the ages of people in personnel?

lga1965
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM

 

Quoting lilbit53009:

this is getting and eventually will be phased out. as all the old people retire and the newer generation is running the businesses

 all the "old people" ? LOL.

My daughters and their kids are not old and they are not fans of tatoos and multiple piercings. The age of the people is not an issue. The way you have been raised and the amount of education and your ambitions determine if you like tattoos or not . Also, there is the issue of  how professional you want to look and how successful you hope to be.

TylersMom0825
by New Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Being completely honest; when I see a "professional" with tattoos I'm put off by it, even though I myself have tattoos. It's always a fleeting feeling but nevertheless, still there. I feel there should be a certain image for "professional" people because it's important to be neutral, and appeal to a wide public range. If you work at a tattoo parlor or a garage, go for it. But if you want to be taken seriously, at least make an effort to be smart about tattoo placement and size.
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