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  55 months ago

What's Your Opinion (AU): Should employers discriminate against potential job candidates because they have tattoos?

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Our question this week is: Should employers discriminate against potential job candidates because they have tattoos? This is in light of a public appeal on Facebook by a 19-year-old New Zealand man, who has been finding it difficult to find employment due to a large tattoo on his face.

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  54 months ago
Tattoos are supposed to be cool or rebel - but they are often considered ugly and thus banned. They are also linked to thugs and gangs, which is unprofessional and uninviting. Employers should not allow employees to wear tattoos because it is a rebel act to have one, and thus unprofessional.


  54 months ago
Employers have to employ staff that meet criteria based on the industry and the workplace. Customers have to feel comfortable with the person who is looking after them and rightly or wrongly that initial decision to trust is based on appearance.


  54 months ago
It depends on the job, the role in that job, the location of the tattoo and the nature of the image.


  54 months ago
I believe tattoo's are a subjective piece of art, that is all. Who is to say that a tattoo, whether it has any meaning or not, defines a person? We don't define people by their freckles, their scars, their marks on their skin. If someone wants to have a tattoo, it is not up for any person to decide.
This reminds me of my family, who are pretty anti-tattoo. I told my mother I wanted a small tattoo that I have been thinking about for 8 years, and she said I couldn't get it. But, here's the thing: It isn't the family's skin, it's mine.
So, when companies say they dislike tattoos, it isn't the companies skin they are tattooing!


  54 months ago
depending the industry


  54 months ago
Tattoos are a very personal thing and people shouldn't be judged for displaying their artwork if it is not off-putting to customers and clients. To have your face tattooed is a public declaration, could even be seen as attention seeking, but if it is tribal markings and a celebration of your culture, it should be respected as such. Totally depends on the person, their attitude, their culture (as in Maori tattoos, for example, and the reaction of the clientele they face in their workplace.


  54 months ago
Definitely not ! People can still look professional and have tattoos. If they were unkempt i would understand but other wise it's not there business
With exception of full blown face tattoos


  54 months ago
No, if they are small and does not show, they can pull down their sleeves, or wear long pants, but if it is on their face it makes it harder to hide. They should find a job where it does not matter.


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  54 months ago
They should not be discriminated against. My nephew wants to go into army & he has tattoos. They need to be removed but only visible ones. Unfortunately his neck,wrists & fingers are visible. He has finger tatts removed & this week more removed. So does that show dedication & determination & persistance from him to achieve hos goal to better his life & possibly his country too? On ya Jas love ya for the person you are! Does that let my oppinion come through? I shold hope so!
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