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Is it discrimination to not hire someone because they have tattoos?

#21OrcaPosted 4/3/2013 8:20:03 PM
Especially considering how strong the job market is at the moment.

oh wait.
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#22ygfbvPosted 4/3/2013 8:23:54 PM
Discrimination isn't illegal. Discrimination against a protected class is.

Tattooed people aren't a protected class.
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#23LiquefyPosted 4/3/2013 8:31:04 PM
Of course, it is discrimination. But it is NEITHER illegal discrimination, NOR unfair discrimination. Appearance matters.
#24RedcountPosted 4/3/2013 8:36:39 PM
Didn't we have this discussion on the topic on Muslim headscarves?

Probably.

To be fair, I'm against all discrimination laws that effect private business. If nobody wants to hire me because I'm a pale-faced dong-haver, that should be allowed.

think it'd be a better step if he just found a different job which would accept his tattoo's. I he feels strongly about his qualifications then it should be a negative thing on part of the company, and positive for him because he can look for a place which is more accepting and has a different corporate culture.

You do realise this is about money, right? It's a shakedown. He doesn't actually want to work there, and a court doesn't typically have the power to offer restorative measures (though JIC X would surely point out a case that blurs the line on that in Canada).
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#25Faust_8Posted 4/3/2013 9:04:47 PM
While I think it's downright ignorant to not hire someone just because of tattoos (especially ones easily covered by long sleeves) I have to admit, it's not actually discrimination to not hire someone based on the choices they make.

Tattoos are not something outside your control. You choose to get them. Therefore they can judge you based on that.

However, it's often overblown. Offensive tattoos or just big tattoos on the face/neck or something that can't be covered up, ok, plenty of respectable companies won't want you because you'll intimidate/distract/anger the clients they work with.

But if it's on your freaking arm just wear attire that covers it and forget about it.
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#26Jayjs20Posted 4/3/2013 9:15:54 PM
Discrimination should be based on how people were born, not by what decisions they have made.
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#27OrcaPosted 4/3/2013 9:19:52 PM
Jayjs20 posted...
Discrimination should be based on how people were born, not by what decisions they have made.


So banning atheists from holding office is not discrimination because atheists choose to be atheists?
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#28RedcountPosted 4/3/2013 9:22:55 PM
Orca posted...
Jayjs20 posted...
Discrimination should be based on how people were born, not by what decisions they have made.


So banning atheists from holding office is not discrimination because atheists choose to be atheists?


Electoral enfranchisement has nothing to do with employment discrimination.
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#29The moonlight knightPosted 4/3/2013 9:39:31 PM
Whether or not something is a choice should have no bearing on if it's discrimination and wrong.
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#30Faust_8Posted 4/3/2013 9:49:59 PM
Orca posted...
Jayjs20 posted...
Discrimination should be based on how people were born, not by what decisions they have made.


So banning atheists from holding office is not discrimination because atheists choose to be atheists?


No we don't. Why would you think that?
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