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?

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Jake June 02, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Cover yourself in tattoos and live with the consequences. You can always get a job as a bouncer or bike messenger.
Independent Voter June 02, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Tattoos send the wrong message. They look tough, gangster, and biker. They advertise the short-term thinking of the tattooed person. There is no good reason to brand yourself like this for life.
Kimberly June 02, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I care if I see tattoos on people, cause I have them too. but most of mine are not visible just for that fact.
Patchie June 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Many people assume that customer service is the only job anyone can get and conclude that, if a person has tattoos and does not conform to the standard appearance, they can never have a job, ever. Yet, I have tattoos and work in a lab and in university classrooms. I know doctors, lawyers, cops, detectives, small business owners, web designers, professors, councilors, therapists, and so on, who are heavily tattooed- however only a few have those tattoos visible at work. My tattoos are sometimes visible, they don't even raise an eyebrow at work. My advice to any young person who plans to be tattooed: think ahead. Plan your tattoos accordingly. Avoid hard-to-coverup tattoos until you have job security. There is nothing inherently wrong or bad or tasteless about tattoos. You can have a fantastic job and be inked- it is possible. You might have to hold off on your throat tattoo, knuckle tats, or full sleeves - but half and three quarter sleeves are still practical.
Mary Keptke June 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
In my profession I have seen every manner of tattoos and piercings. I must say some look very beautiful when they are new, but then life gets in the way. Women have a higher percentage of body fat than men. Age and weight gain are not friends to Tattoo art. A rose looks like a troll. A name gets hyphenated by a strech mark. Informally I started asking older people who have tattoos if they regret getting them and almost all of the say they do. I would like it to be manditory for people who get tattoos and piercings to have health insurance. Most tattoos are safe, but if something goes wrong it can ruin you physically and financially for life.


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