Tattoo discrimination - where to draw the line ...

What we say - article


Tattoo discrimination - where to draw the line ...


tattoo handshakeThe Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has recently issued new guidance on dress codes and appearance at work.  ACAS claims that employers risk losing talented employees because of reluctance to employ people with visible tattoos.


What does this mean for you?


UK law does not currently offer protection against discrimination for those people with a tattoo, so individuals could be missing out on jobs due to employers taking a negative attitude towards them.


Research has shown that some employers are concerned about how potential customers may perceive tattoos and also lack confidence in the professionalism of a person with a visible tattoo.  However, the decision not to recruit such individuals could mean the employer is the one missing out.


What should you do about it?


It would be prudent for employers to review their dress codes policies in light of this guidance and also to consider their current recruitment procedures to ensure the best candidates are the ones being offered a role.

Sarah BrockhurstIf you would like further information on this or any other employment law issues, contact Sarah Brockhurst, Solicitor.

View Sarah's profile email Sarah now

Published: 3 Oct 2016

Subscribe to all articles and news: