tattoo discriminatiuon and prejudice in the workplace

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woo hoo

London, UK

#1 Oct 13, 2010
Some workplaces 'appear' to be catching up with this trend and allowing a certain degree of self expression around the office. Although this may also be due to the fact that people of all walks of life and social demographics are getting tattoos including,nurses lawyers, professors and police officers.
Scratch beneath the surface and you will see that the prejudice/discrimination towards those with tattoos never really went away but is alive and well. You only have to read some of the views of supposedly 'educated' newspaper columnists to see the extent of the prejudice. Prejudice is prejudice in whatever form you find it and is symptomatic of a dis-eased mind which has deluded itself into thinking that the other person (be they black, Asian or colored with tattoos) is somehow inferior.

Any society that denies a person an opportunity based on skin color (tattoos are colors on skin!) is not a particularly free or evolved society. A truly free society should allow everyone to be who they are and express themselves how they wish without being a victim of prejudice or intolerance. Yet everyday we read reports of people being fired from their jobs because their boss discovered they had tattoos or denied treatment by doctors for the simple reason that they had tattoos.

Companies and corporations need to realize that consistency, respect for diversity are keys to a successful workplace. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers are allowed to impose dress codes and appearance policies as long as they do not discriminate or hinder a person's race, color, religion, age, national origin, or gender. Having tattoos covered up is fine what is not fine is firing someone because they revealed a tattoo at an out of work occasion. This type of thing seems to be happening more and more.

Some people with tattoos (and piercings) would argue that tattoos are inherently spiritual. Traditionally body art was a form of sacred self-expression with connections to religious and spiritual beliefs. Certain ethnic groups such as Maori people in New Zealand and Polynesians have tattoos laden with cultural and spiritual significance. So there is no doubt that tattoos are associated with events beyond the mundane level of existence.

I think it is a whole mindset that needs to be changed. Least of all that working is not the end all and be all of life. Work does not define who we are. The main argument against tattoos is that they will inhibit an individuals ability to get a job. That needs to be changed. Corporate life is only one small level of existence.THE DRESS CODE POLICY NEEDS TO BE REVIEWED AND CHANGED.
ONE DEFINITION OF DISCRIMINATION(THIS WOULD APPLY TO TATTOOED PEOPLE IN THE WORKPLACE
This word derives its power not from the existence of making choices which treat certain individuals preferentially, but instead from the faulty decision making process that leads to that treatment. When a person discriminates, they simply choose, which is unoffensive on its face. When a person is being discriminatory (as a pejorative) that person is creating a disadvantage in a group of people due to mistakes in their understanding of that group. The cumulative results of discrimination do harm and create conflicts where there needn't be any.

As a result, discriminating for the right reasons is a fantastic behavior to adopt. Please make sure you do exactly that, discriminating based on quality, and never on surface features.
rocol

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

#2 Aug 27, 2012
i agree. I'm certainly not old enough to get a tattoo, but it makes me so mad when my mom talks about people, and the first thing she says is "oh, they had a lot of tattoos" and just instantly makes an assumption that they can't be trusted. if i ever were to get a tattoo, i would get it in a concealable place, because i know how prejudice people are about self expression of any kind.
Gullin Bulent Gerbil

UK

#3 Aug 28, 2012
like greex is it, shame therself is it

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#4 May 11, 2013
Tattoos , though around a long time, are a fad , initiated by Hollywood and followed by insecure people, many times the same people that smoke. I love the way you people throw out the word prejudice about jobs. The fact is that tattoos are appearance, just like long hair. Certain jobs want people with short hair. I do think you people are hypocrites. You throw around the word individuality but completely disregard the individuality of the hirer , who has a right to make as much money as possible. Tattoos impede on that. Also, you people are liars when you say you do not judge appearance. One need look no further than the people will date, of both genders. Sorry if the tattoo is costing you a certain job, but you chose to make your APPEARANCE permanent.

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#5 Jul 5, 2013
rocol wrote:
i agree. I'm certainly not old enough to get a tattoo, but it makes me so mad when my mom talks about people, and the first thing she says is "oh, they had a lot of tattoos" and just instantly makes an assumption that they can't be trusted. if i ever were to get a tattoo, i would get it in a concealable place, because i know how prejudice people are about self expression of any kind.
You mother is a smart woman. Tattoos are a choice. They are appearance. One gets tattoos to alter appearance. To expect others to not judge appearance is naive and unrealistic. We all judge appearance. Fortunately a bad hair style can be changed. Oh by the way. I would bet you that more janitors have tattoos than Doctors. Please do not give me the thugs that play in the NBA or the airheads in Hollywood. They are relatively low numbers compared to the real world jobs. They start these stupid trends that others follow. Anyway, I like the way your mom thinks. She is on the money. By the way discrimination is spelled wrong, in the heading of this thread.

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