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What Companies Think Of Your Tattoos?
Greg, a vice president of technology for a Manhattan asset management company, has three holes in his nose. Two of the holes, his nostrils, came courtesy of his creator. Twenty-five years later, he ordered up the third hole for his nose, this one designed to hold a small, stainless-steel curved barbell.
Greg, who asked Vault.com not to use his last name, works for wealthy people intent on staying wealthy. His company’s clients are generally older, conservative, and fixated on the idea that their money travels only among those who will amplify, and not diminish, its value. That’s where Greg’s nose ring presented a problem.
“I was told that if a client saw me, it could erode the confidence of that client in the company,” Greg said. “Had I been in the back office, this never would have been an issue, but since I am in the location with clients, it is an issue.”
Greg considers his nose ring, along with his dyed hair, a form of self-expression, but in the world of finance, it’s money that talks, so his bosses ordered him to get rid of the ring. (He’s compromised for the past four years by swinging it upward into his nostrils.) That sort of dictate — to hide a piercing or cover up a tattoo — pervades American workplaces, from the fry station of a fast food restaurant to the corridors of a Wall Street investment house. And for pierced personnel or inked employees who find these restrictions chafing, finding a way around them may be more painful than a crooked ampallang piercing done with a dull needle.
“In terms of appearance, most courts will say it is within the employer’s prerogative to ask that the employees present themselves in a way that is commensurate with the image that the company is trying to present to the outside world,” said Paul Gregory, an employment law attorney at Greenberg Peden P.C. in Houston. Though licensed in Texas and Georgia, Gregory is not board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and recommended that people with serious concerns about their workplace tattoo and piercing policies seek legal advice from a lawyer of their own.”
Organizations with preparing codes are on the most grounded lawful grounds when they protect their strategies dependent on authentic business reasons. At Starbucks, “baristas” who serve the $5 lattes can’t show any tattoos or wear any piercing adornments other than little, coordinated pair hoops. Every ear can’t have more than two piercings. Serving upscale espresso requests upscale workers, tattoos don’t fit that conspire.
“We strive to present a professional appearance that is appropriate for a retailer of gourmet specialty