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Tattoos are Booed in the Workplace
It use to be, years ago, but not THAT long ago, a person with a tattoo was generally were frowned up (but not face to face). It was a thing criminals do or the uneducated. It was never looked upon as "art" or "skin jewelry". Usually, unsavory people got them. Why? I have no clue, still don't, but today many do it because it is "art" to them. They want the world to know about it by having it done in exposed places.
Most corporate companies with professionals frown on them and tell their employees to cover them up in a public environment or when clients are the bread and butter. Many, up to 60% of HR staff polled indicate that a person applying for a job with tattoos suffers a strike against them. They advise these seekers to cover them up.
About 23% of Americans have a tattoo and 32% of them are between ages 30-45 yrs. A person cannot sue on the grounds of discrimination for a tattoo, there is no law. Employers can openly state, " do not apply if you have a tattoo", they can refuse to hire you, even if fully qualified, if you have one.
Some retail firms that are trendy like tattoos, it is stylish and part of the fashion. Others, only care if there is something the public finds objectionable- slang, cuss words, nudity, sex. A person who is hired because the employer is unaware of hidden tattoos and later finds out because of public comments or exposure, can fire the person or demand they cover them up while at work.
Polls find that those over 50 yrs. find tattoos generally bothersome or have a negative opinion of them, while those under 30, have a much more accepting view of them. Still, tattoos present a real dilemma to a job seeker if it is in the wrong place where it cannot be hidden. If you are one of them, being proud about showing it off in public just may cause you not to get the job or to lose it.