Tattoos and Piercings: Issues of Body Modification and the Workplace

Elzweig, Brian; Peeples, Donna K.
January 2011
SAM Advanced Management Journal (07497075);Winter2011, Vol. 76 Issue 1, p13
Academic Journal
The article focuses on legal aspects of hiring and employing individuals in the U.S. with body piercings, tattoos and other body modifications. It notes that generally speaking, discrimination in employment based on tattooing and body piercing is not illegal, except when individuals claim the tattoo or piercing is part of their being a member of a protected class. The article explores the increasing popularity of tattoos and piercings and cites examples of legal cases on the issue involving private employers. The issue of gender discrimination in dress code enforcement is discussed, and tips for employers on adhering to laws and knowing the implications of a company's dress code are presented.


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