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Tolerating Tattoos in the Workplace

Authors: Tracey E. Diamond and LaVelle S. King

9/07/2016

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Tolerating Tattoos in the Workplace

Q.  We have several employees with tattoos on their necks and forearms. Can we require them to cover up?

A. Many employers have in place employee dress codes, in an effort to maintain a certain brand image, comply with health standards, and foster professionalism. As tattoos, body piercings and other forms of body art are trending in today’s culture, some employers have struggled with whether such displays are in keeping with the company’s image. To what extent can an employer place rules on an employee’s appearance at work without violating anti-discrimination laws?