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Senior Project: Body Art Discrimination in the workplace and

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brianne jones

on 20 May 2015

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Senior Project:

Tattoo and piercing discrimination in the workplace and in social culture

Average white-collar man, perhaps a CEO of a major company or maybe even a lawyer?
About 50% of people in their 20s have either a tattoo or a body piercing other than traditional earrings.
Tattoos Around the World: Samoa
A deep cultural tradition is the tatau, which is a Samoan tattoo that symbolizes the transition from boyhood to adulthood.
Temple Texas Tattoo Advocacy Group
NTA: National Tattoo Association
Social Advocacy
I learned that companies actually have improved tattoo and piercing leniency over the past decade but as much progress being made, there is still a long way to go in the bigger white-collar corporations.
Grasso also has a tattoo on his arm with the word “
” on it. It’s a Zulu phrase that translates into English as “
I See You
"In all, one in every 10 Americans have tattoos, up from one out of every hundred three decades ago"
John Challenger, the CEO of a consulting firm, stated that "Most employers today would agree that a person’s appearance is
near as important as his or her
professional skills
“Now you’re never going to get a job!”
Almost everyone in the 14% pool of tattooed Americans has heard something like this from a relative or friend.
Tabitha Jones
May 20, 2015

Thesis Statement
A person with tattoos and piercings is just as
as a person without them.
Four main points of emphasis
A person with tattoos and piercings can be just as qualified as one without
Discrimination of people with tattoos and piercings is unethical
In 2015, freedom of expression should be exercised
In some cultures, tattoos and piercings are held highly respected
"14% of all Americans have a body piercing other than the ear lobe"
If a dress code to cover tattoos is put into writing and doesn't discriminate between the sexes, it can be enforced legally, as long as employers are open to negotiating compromises for health or religious reasons.
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
― Ansel Adams
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