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Is it illegal for an employer to not hire a person simply because they have a tattoo?

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If it is a job where you are exposed to the public all the time , that might be the reasoning. Any other job shouldn't matter and that is a form of discrimination. If they told you that , it's discrimination. But, like I said , if the tatoo's were exposed while you were dealing with the public, that is probably the reason. Some people don't like a lot of tatoo's on someone serving them. It's not right, but I would look for work elsewhere.

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No. If it is a company policy and you you don't meet their guidelines they don't have to hire you. it sucks...it's happened to me before too.

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That's awful, this shouldn't happen.
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I agree! I was turned away from an ambulance company for having tattoos on my hands. I was like "if I get called to an accident scene and have to do CPR on a patient I doubt they're gonna sit up and say 'wait, wait, wait, could you call someone else? I dont like tattoos." haha!
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Yeah seriously! If the employee is totally qualified for the job, then having a few tattoos shouldn't matter at all. Honestly, other than good hygiene and appropriate attire (and I suppose neck and face tattoos), appearance should not matter! Tattoos spark up conversations all the time, people are interested in them!
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Unfortunately we live in a world with many uptight and close-minded people.
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No, it's not. People can choose whether or not to have tattoos. The first thing anyone tells you about a tattoo is that certain employers don't like them.

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No. And if it is part of the company policy they can also fire you for getting one after being hired.

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An employer has the freedom not to hire you. also, I know someone who cannot donate blood because of tattoos.

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nope

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well if you are working in sales or marketing dept or directly interacting with customers then perhaps not

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No. If you tattoo is visible then customers can see it, and that may be an issue for them. The employer is running a business and he has to please as many customers as possible. I am in no way saying that people judging people with tattoos should be judged in anyway, but it does happen. You would have to meet a dress code standard and tattoos will not always meet it.

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I doubt it. I think it falls in line with the neat appearance and dress code philosophy. I suppose it all depends on point of view of the one doing the hiring. I don't think it has ever been challenged in law and a legal precedent set. That's what you should research.

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I think it's ridiculous. I've never had this happen personally but it shouldn't be acceptable to discriminate like that.
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I've seen people working in many different place with multiple tatoos. The thing is right or wrong it still carries an issue with some folks. They see it as a barbarian form of expression, (it was a tribal thing that's how it started) and they also associate it with people on the fringe of society, i don't ,but many still do.
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Sorry dude.. They have the same right to not hire for body art as you do to get body art..
You make a decision then live with it... What you gonna do?

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Honestly ,other than appropriate attire, good hygiene, and possibly neck & face tattoos, appearance should NOT matter.
It's also not illegal at all to get tattoos, so why should an employer say "sorry you shouldn't have done that", as though its a disgraceful thing? If someone chooses to get an ugly haircut, is it then okay for the employer to not hire them ONLY because of their CHOICE? Do you see how ridiculous that sounds?
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Hey dude I understand.. I'm a redskin... How underappreciated can you get.. Looks shouldn't matter.. But they always have.
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Or Dudette!
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Many customers are simply put off by heavily tatooed employees, and rightly so in the food service business, as hepatitis is easily contracted and passed to the public this way. One only needs to see the recorded cases at the CDC to see the sharp rise in all forms of hepatitis across all groups in the marketplace.

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