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Lauren Woeste ENG102.12 A student’s future tattoo: To be? Or not to be? Many young adults today are having a much harder time securing jobs than ever before. This crisis is due mainly to the fact that those jumping headfirst out into the work force are deemed to be one of society’s generations with the most tattoos and body art. In a study published by the American Academy of Dermatology, it was determined that 35% of those between the ages of 20 and 31 had a tattoo, and that 32% had a body piercing out of more than 500 surveyed people nationwide (Rodriguez). As more and more young people divulge themselves in body art, employers are forced to think about how hiring policies and dress code are addressed. The controversy that rises is that are employers discriminating against future employees during the application process if the applicant has body art? The main issue at hand is that students today must decide if that tattoo on his or her eighteenth birthday is really worth the risk of losing a potential well-paying job. According to The Boston Globe, as reported about the online job network, Vault.com, “About 42 percent of managers polled said they would lower their opinions of someone based on whether they have tattoos or body piercings. and 58 percent said they would be less likely to offer them a job in the first place (Rosenwald).” Does this mean that these employers are discriminatory? Many people argue that the policies that job firms hold about tattoos and body art are only in the company’s best interest. The company does not want its employees body art to be offending anyone else in the work place, so that those that do have body art have
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to limit its visibility while on the job. Most companies have body art policies and regulations in place, with some being more strict or lenient than others. Some of the more stricter companies may have a set of policies determining how much of a tattoo or piercing can be shown while on the job. Most all companies today have in place a similar set of rules, however, some are experimenting with an all-tolerable body art policy. According to The Boston Globe, the employers and employees at Schwartz Communications, a Waltham public relations firm, do not seem to care about whether their employees have tattoos or piercings. Their employees say their company’s tolerance comes from the firm's willingness to create a relaxed workplace. Stacey Holifield, age 21 and assistant account executive at Schwartz says, "I think it's about them letting us be an individual," who also has a tattoo on her foot, "It's nice to work in a place where you have that freedom." Despite some
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