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Hi guys, Ive been away for awhile. thought I'd check in with a recent experience.

I recently sat in on a US led seminar in Asia about job discrimination. Quite a lot of different ways to unfairly discriminate against people in the work force, by gender, by race, by age (in Asia, ageism is a big thing, with people over 35 considered too old for ordinary jobs), by nationality. All disagreeable practices, I think we can agree.

But then they had "discrimination against people with tattoos." (In Asia, tattoos are associated with prostitution and gangsters).

I kind of resented tattoos being put on a level plane with these others. I mean things like your age, your race, your country of birth, etc are things you can't control, unlike the choice to get a tattoo. I mean if I'm an employer and I see someone who got a stupid face or forearm tattoo, I wouldn't consider it unfair discrimination to hold that against the candidate. I mean that was their choice (and is clear evidence of bad judgement to get something permanent like that.)

I mean, I think people can get whatever body art they want, but should have to live with the employment concequences. Putting tattoos in the same conversation as race or gender is pretty insulting to those with real greviances.

I think tattoos fall into the category of general appearance, and I don't agree with any sort of discrimination based on it, except for extremely rare cases. I could see facial hair interfering if your job required wearing a mask. Basically, I only agree if it directly affects job performance. I don't even agree with judging based on clothing.

To be very blunt about it, the only reasons for negative opinions about tattoos are pure ignorance. There are really no valid reasons for discrimination based on them. Nothing about a tattoo affects or is dependent upon the type of person the inked person is. Today, there isn't necessarily a criminal element to them. I've met one inked doctor, a few inked lawyers, several inked nurses, more inked teachers than I care to count.

I'm sort of guilty of discrimination too when it comes to facial tatts, but when I examine myself, I realize there's really no reason for that. Would I be the same if the person had some sort of facial blemish? Hardly. So, no big deal.

It all depends on at least two factors: the type of job and the type of artwork, mostly.


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