Discrimination in the Workplace Essay

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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
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Sixty percent of the tattooed were ‘A’ and ‘B’ students. I said, ‘hey, this isn’t something being done by a deviant group. It’s broad, it’s mainstream’” (1). Tattoos are not just symbols for gang members and punk rockers, but even white collar professionals have tattoos. Lance Tuck, a professional tattoo artist says, “There is this idea that tattoos are for the criminal element. I do a lot of tattoos for doctors, attorneys, police officers, firefighters…” (1). With so many professionals getting tattoos, it would be unwise for employers to hire based on appearance. Another way that people are often discriminated against for their tattoos is if they are in the commission based job fields. People such as waiters, insurance agents, and automotive sales agents are frequently looked down upon because of their tattoo. In an article from USA Today, Arnold Hogan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department said, “I have been on drills and on scene where someone has said, ‘I would not want that person working on me,’ and we’ve had to educate the individual who made the comment” (3). It is unfair for these people to be judged by their customers or patients because they see the person helping them has a tattoo. It would seem logical, that a patient would feel safer being attended to by a highly skilled, tattooed professional, rather than an unskilled, inexperienced person

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