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Tattoos And Piercings In The Workplace Essays

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For many years, tattoos have been looked down upon as identifiers of troublemakers and jailbirds. However, is the new generation socially acceptable with tattoos and other body modifications? Why are employers asking whether possible employees have tattoos or piercings, and does that have any thing to do with their business performance?
Personal appearance, in my opinion, should not have anything to do with the availability of a job opening to a potential employer; especially when one is so qualified for that opening. Employers ask applicants if they have tattoos, and if they do, they are required to provide the location and size of the tattoo as if it has something to do with the way that the employer will perform on the job. I…show more content…

As this generation slowly continues to accept more than what had been accepted back in the day, tattoos are continuing to be applied to people of many different ages and careers. The legal age to get a tattoo in the majority of our country is 16, so with parents who are lenient with their children, and let them do what they want can
Daniel Harris
Linda Knight
ENG 111-HY1

Tattoos in the Workplace

For many years, tattoos have been looked down upon as identifiers of troublemakers and jailbirds. However, is the new generation socially acceptable with tattoos and other body modifications? Why are employers asking whether possible employees have tattoos or piercings, and does that have any thing to do with their business performance?
Personal appearance, in my opinion, should not have anything to do with the availability of a job opening to a potential employer; especially when one is so qualified for that opening. Employers ask applicants if they have tattoos, and if they do, they are required to provide the location and size of the tattoo as if it has something to do with the way that the employer will perform on the job. I understand if a person has a tattoo that’s on the forehead, or anything overpowering, but not all individuals who have tattoos are applied so poorly.
As this generation slowly continues to accept more than what had been accepted back in the day, tattoos

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Zac Wilson
27 January 2011
English 102
Multiple Positions rough draft
Prohibition of Tattoos and Piercings in the Workplace A large number of businesses do not allow tattoos that are visible. Many also prohibit piercings, other than single earrings on women. Some industries even take their policies to the extreme of not allowing any tattoos that take up more than 25% of a body part, and if a pre-existing tattoo is too large or obscene, it must be removed (Powers). This even applies if a uniform can easily cover the tattooed area. A business is allowed to limit or prohibit tattoos, piercings, and other forms of body modification as much as they want as long as it is addressed in the employee handbook, usually in the dress code…show more content…

I had a retail job at Hot Topic, and was allowed to wear any piercings I wanted, and if I had tattoos, I would have been able to display them, provided they weren’t offensive in any way. At a shoe store called Aldo, employees are allowed to have tattoos and piercings if they aren’t too obnoxious. At Bob Evans, the tattoo and piercing policy is taken somewhat extremely. Women are only allowed to wear earrings, one in each ear. Men are only allowed to have one earring in. The hole is not allowed to be stretched, and the style must be conservative. Tattoos must be covered. If an employee refuses to cover her or her tattoos, they are restricted to staying in the back of the house, away from customers. They are not allowed to become a server, host/hostess, busser, or bakery attendant. Many employees opt for staying in the back of the house, as a dishtanker, kitchen prep cook, or grill cook. Sara Champion, a former project engineer for a major construction firm was not allowed to display her tattoos while at work. She worked in Miami, and had to wear long-sleeved shirts to cover her tattoos, even though it was usually hot outside. She found this policy to be ironic because many of the construction workers displayed their tattoos. After six years of dealing with this policy, Sara decided to resign, and start searching for a job that would not require her

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