Do Tattoos Hurt Your Chances In the Job Interview?

Media reports of inked applicants having trouble getting hired have some tattoo enthusiasts seeking removal services.

According to Philly.com, tattoo-covered job seekers are facing obstacles with employers in the increasingly competitive job market. That competition is reportedly causing a boom in the laser ink removal industry nationwide with tattoo removals reportedly climbing 32% over the last year. The most common reason, according to a survey published by The Patient's Guide

People are free to express themselves however they want on their bodies, but prospective employers have just as much right to turn down overly-inked applicants. According to Philly.com, a Pennsylvania U.S. District Court judge reaffirmed that just last year after a man sued the state police for denying him a job as a liquor enforcement officer because of a tattoo on his arm. 

"No judge is going to buy that," civil rights lawyer Mark Sigmon told Philly.com. "They don't have a right to a discrimination claim [either]."

Federal law bars discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, age and disability, but tattoos aren't covered by the Constitution.

So what do you think? When you go into an establishment and the person taking care of you has easily visible tattoos, does it matter to you? Does it make you uncomfortable or does it make no difference to you? As an employer, would you hire someone with tattoos on their head face or neck?

Read more about this story here, and tell us in the comment section below.

nicole May 31, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I think tattoos are an art form as long as its not trashy naked lady tats , I always like lookin at them.
albert long June 02, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Visible Tattoo's give many people the 3 options to judge you, Poor decision making, Poor education, Prison. Why would a potential employer take on that kind of risk in hiring a person with them?


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