'It is still legal for companies to fire people based on a visible tattoo. In the UK, workplace equality laws do not cover tattoos as a protected characteristic.'
As someone with tattoos I can't believe I didn't know this. My tattoos are not a reflection of my skills, abilities or the values I have. All my tattoos should simply tell people is that I like tattoos. That's it. I feel the person judging someone for having tattoos says more about the person making the judgement, than the person who has the tattoos.
The reality is that 1 in 3 young adults today have tattoos so if you're still going to discriminate because of them, you're most definitely going to lose out on top talent.
I am very lucky to work for a company that is more concerned with an individuals ability to perform their role than whether or not they have too many tattoos or piercings etc. for their liking, but unfortunately not all our company cultures are as forward thinking as this...
While getting inked may no longer be viewed as a radical statement, people who have theirs uncovered at work are more likely to face discrimination – with a visible tattoo often seen as a legitimate reason to withhold a job offer. It is still legal for companies to fire people based on a visible tattoo. In the UK, workplace equality laws do not cover tattoos as a protected characteristic. This means employers can base their hiring decisions on someone’s body art – with an exception for religious or beliefs-related markings under the 2010 Equality Act.