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Do you think employers have the right to discriminate against tattoos?

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Most people with tattoos are often judged by their appearance more so than people without tattoos. More than enough times, employers will turn down potential employees if he/she has visible tattoos. With this social standard, people are losing jobs based on their appearance rather than their skills and work ethic. As tattoos become more popular among teens, LL asked students if employers should or should not discriminate against tattoos.

Jordan Bruhn, Senior

“It depends what job it is.”

Sierra Moore, JuniorĀ 

“Yes, it is completely unprofessional.”

Gertrude Domkute, Sophomore

“No. Tattoos are a form of art and they are a way to express yourself.”

Quentin Reynoso, Freshman

“It shouldn’t matter because it’s their body.”

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One Response to “Do you think employers have the right to discriminate against tattoos?”

  1. Steve Ummel, Dad on May 2nd, 2012 10:39 am

    Absolutely. An employer may feel that hiring such a person will effect their revenues negatively. Tattoos may be a person’s right/choice, but there is a consequence for it. We’re not talking about just that employee’s livelihood here.

    For example, we’ve told our children that if they get tattoos (which is their choice once they turn to majority), that means the parent contribution for their college tuition ends and they get to find and purchase their own shelter, transportation, food, etc. (our choice because it’s our money. ergo consequence)

    Similarly, you have free speech, but there are also some consequences. For example, I have the right to say disparaging things about my employer but the employer also had the right to fire me for such talk if I exercised my rights.

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