Tattoos... love or hate? Legal issues for employers
Recent newspaper reports of ‘a business executive… sacked for having a visible tattoo on her foot’ raise modern-day questions of personal taste and choice — and potential legal issues for employers wanting to set standards of appropriate dress and appearance.
While tattoos are becoming more acceptable in our society — the prime minister’s wife has one, and even David Dimbleby famously had a scorpion inked on his shoulder recently — many employers feel uncomfortable with visible tattoos, especially worn by customer-facing employees.
In the press story, the business executive (a contract worker) was quoted as saying that she was consulting a solicitor to see if the termination of her engagement was ‘discrimination under inclusion and diversity laws’…
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