Monday, August 20, 2007

Tattoos at Work

Depending on your line of work and the visibility of your tattoos, tattoos may be a barrier to getting a job. Russell Parrish would like to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of tattoos:

Russell, a resident of Florida, is proud of his body art, and isn't ashamed to flaunt it, even to prospective employers. Problem is, it appears that employers don't often share his enthusiasm for ink. According to Russell, he's been rejected from numerous jobs, not because he isn't qualified, but because of the way tattoos are viewed in the workplace.
In the United States, employers do have the right to discriminate on the basis of workplace appearance (and clothing), if that appearance (and clothing) isn't related to race, color, religion, gender, age, or disability.