Discrimination in the Workplace

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English 112 51-A September 27, 2010 Discrimination in the Workplace In today’s society, people claim to be so open minded and tolerant in regards to other people’s beliefs, lifestyles, and appearance. However, in reality people with tattoos are often discriminated against for the way they look. Visible tattoos have a negative effect on finding employment, as well as commission based occupations, and also jobs in the childcare field. Physical appearance should not have an effect on opportunities for employment or career advancements. Employers often do not hire a person with tattoos because they think that their image will negatively affect the company, or they believe the person is not…show more content…
Kyle Reed, a marine that was honorably discharged because of disability, lost his job as a server at a Red Lobster restaurant in Jacksonville. When he rolled up his sleeves as part of their dress code, the managers saw his tattoo and immediately stopped him, and told him he had to go home. In an interview with First Coast News, Reed says, “I’m sitting there pleading with these people saying I can cover this up, I can do this, anything to keep my job and they just turned me away” (1). This guy was attentive to his customers, a hard worker, polite, considerate and well received by his patrons. Having honorably served his country, he should be allowed to serve as a waiter. However, the discriminatory policy prevents it for him, and many other veterans like him. In addition to the difficulties people with tattoos face finding a job, and people in commission based jobs, people working with children also face discrimination because of their tattoos. People feel they cannot leave their children with someone that has tattoos because they think that person is inferior, and unfit to watch their child. One school district in Joplin Missouri recently enforced a strict dress code policy that forbids teachers from having visible tattoos. Prior to this policy, teachers had been allowed to show part or all of their tattoos that were not usually covered by clothing. For example, tattoos on the forearm or ankle. In an article printed in Education Week journal,
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