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  44 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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  43 months ago


  43 months ago
Certain jobs would require no tattoos to be seen.


  43 months ago
Everyone makes mistakes of getting abnormal tattoos. If the work place does not agree with exposing the tattoo they can always cover it up


  43 months ago
It depends where the tattoos are and whether they're offensive i.e. sexist, racist etc... I think that if an employer interviews a person and finds that they're capable of getting the job done, that usually means that their look meets the requirements too. If you're going for a job where you are the first person a client sees (admin, reception) then it doesn't look good to have a face full of tatts or even a nose ring or eyebrow ring for certain corporate companies. So it depends as well what industry you're going to work in. Unfortunately that's the way it is and everyone has a choice with tatts and where to place them. I have a couple tatts and got them in my early 20's when I had no job, however I still thought about which areas I thought would be most appropriate when I do decide to get a job so I got them in places that aren't obvious i.e. ankle and shoulder blade. I have seen tattoo artists recommend those that get arm tattoos to keep them high so they can still be covered in t-shirts which is a nice gesture on their behalf IMO.


  43 months ago
Depending where and what the tattoos are. If they are unoffensive no they should be judged on their capabilities. If they are offensive and in a place like your face then that may be different.


  43 months ago
I think all employees should respect their employers


  43 months ago
Yes, for a few select number of positions. A position that is PR related such as an announcer, actor etc will inevitably be discriminated during the shortlisting. Many others are also likely to be discriminated against including body type, gender and natural appearance that do not fit a specific profile. For other positions there should be no such discrimination and suitability should be evaluated based on competency and experience.


  43 months ago
No we shouldn't discriminate someone with a tattoo. Even if that 19 year old guy has a tattoo on his face, he is still one of us.


  43 months ago


  43 months ago
I really don't think he should be discriminated or have trouble finding a job because of his tattoo on his face. Now-days he could just cover it with foundation if he needed too, a Tattoo is NOT a wound/laceration that remains open/unhealed, Thus I do not see Tattoos as a health issue within the workplace.
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