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Fired for a tattoo?
« on: May 16, 2008, 12:40:19 AM »

So, I started my newest job on wednesday. I'm working three now, for anyone who didn't know. Anyway, I'm working at a local pharmacy for one of the nicest bosses I've ever had. I know everyone there, because my family's gone to this place all my life, and my mom even worked there for a few years when they were shorthanded. It was supposed to be for a few weeks, then they needed people, long story. Anyway, I was showing a few of my co-workers a picture of the tattoo I'm getting next month, and my boss comes over and starts up with shit about how he wouldn't have hired me if he'd known about 'this little development'. He's very conservative, and I respect that, but I'm worried that he's going to fire me because of it. I'm on thin ice anyway, because I've fucked up the delivery car two days in a row; yesterday I fucked up the tail light, today I got a flat tire (long story) I've never damaged a car until yesterday.

I know we've got some lawyers on the box. Can he legally fire me after I get a tattoo? And if he does, how much money can I get in my settlement?
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008, 12:47:41 AM »

As long as your tattoo is covered up there shouldn't be a problem. Although I ran into the same issue last week end a coworker saw my tattoo and flipped. She said if she could see it when I am uniform next time I am in she will get my fired. I was coming in to get my check and she happened to glance over since i had a low shirt. I guess they can legally fire you but im not sure.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008, 01:46:27 AM »

Body art is NOT protected from workplace discrimination.  Also, in many states, you could be
fired for wearing the wrong socks, having a haircut the boss doesn't like, or just 'cuz he's having
a bad day.  That said, I have yet to meet a supervisor (and I've had two who were rabidly
anti-body-art) who would take 'corrective action' as long as the offending ink stays discreetly
covered at all times while you're working.  Remember, it's his business, and he has a certain image
he wants to convey. If your tattoo is too progressive for his corporate image, you can be replaced
with someone more conformist.

Before you get pissed off, try reasoning with him and start wearing long sleeves..
(and stop wrecking the damn car  :coolsmiley:)
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008, 03:36:03 AM »

Sephie, start worrying more about wrecking the car.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2008, 07:18:46 AM »

He can legally fire you anytime he wants if he believes he has good reason. He probably wouldn't officially say a tattoo was the reason. He'd find a better excuse and stick to it. It would probably cost you more to take him to court than you would get in a settlement (if you won, which you might not.)

You'd have to get a really good lawyer. I recommend James Spader in 'Boston Legal'.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2008, 09:27:04 PM »

Body art is NOT protected from workplace discrimination.  Also, in many states, you could be
fired for wearing the wrong socks, having a haircut the boss doesn't like, or just 'cuz he's having
a bad day.  That said, I have yet to meet a supervisor (and I've had two who were rabidly
anti-body-art) who would take 'corrective action' as long as the offending ink stays discreetly
covered at all times while you're working.  Remember, it's his business, and he has a certain image
he wants to convey. If your tattoo is too progressive for his corporate image, you can be replaced
with someone more conformist.

Before you get pissed off, try reasoning with him and start wearing long sleeves..
(and stop wrecking the damn car  :coolsmiley:)


That's what I thought... It's going to be on my foot and ankle, going up part of my leg, so it won't be hard to cover.

On the bright side, I didn't wreck the car today. Well, I did hit a groundhog, but a trip to the carwash took care of that I think the last two days were just flukes. I've never, ever wrecked a car before then. Not even had a flat tire. Which was really funny, because I had to call my boss to help change it.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2008, 09:29:40 PM »

Sephie, start worrying more about wrecking the car.

Yes and if he doesn´t see the tatoo then for him it does not exist  ^-^ unless you are getting a chess board in your neck, or you are getting some math demonstrations all over your arm, if so... marry me ? ... anyway what are you getting?
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2008, 09:43:06 PM »

Sephie, start worrying more about wrecking the car.

Yes and if he doesn´t see the tatoo then for him it does not exist  ^-^ unless you are getting a chess board in your neck, or you are getting some math demonstrations all over your arm, if so... marry me ? ... anyway what are you getting?

This is kinda sorta what I'm getting:



But I had my friend draw it really differently, and write 'memento mori' in really tiny script at the bottom. Cats with big wings chasing skulls with tiny wings FTW.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2008, 09:48:07 PM »

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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2008, 02:13:53 PM »

What they said.  If you do it properly, he shouldn't even know you have a tattoo. 
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2008, 04:45:38 PM »

Yeah, if it is on your leg/ankle area, there is no reason why your employer would ever need to know.

I work for a big insurance company and we are not suppose to show our tats, but I have a large one on my forearm and one on my upper back that I never both to cover up and no one has said anything.
My manager sees it everyday & he's never uttered a peep.

But, yes, companies dont even need to give you a reason to fire you.
I was fired from a company once and I asked why and they wouldnt give me a straight answer. 
(I'm sure their were many reasons why, like constantly making personal phone calls and always asking "What is the point of this company?  It is really not necessary for all ya'll to get so worked up over field paint supplies.  We're not doctors here, chill out.")

We also dont have drug testing at my work (which is really unusual for such a large company) b/c the former CEO is a big advocate of marijuana legalization (he was arrested for lighting up a joint while getting on an plane in the '70s)
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2008, 09:59:15 PM »

So, I started my newest job on wednesday. I'm working three now, for anyone who didn't know. Anyway, I'm working at a local pharmacy for one of the nicest bosses I've ever had. I know everyone there, because my family's gone to this place all my life, and my mom even worked there for a few years when they were shorthanded. It was supposed to be for a few weeks, then they needed people, long story. Anyway, I was showing a few of my co-workers a picture of the tattoo I'm getting next month, and my boss comes over and starts up with shit about how he wouldn't have hired me if he'd known about 'this little development'. He's very conservative, and I respect that, but I'm worried that he's going to fire me because of it. I'm on thin ice anyway, because I've fucked up the delivery car two days in a row; yesterday I fucked up the tail light, today I got a flat tire (long story) I've never damaged a car until yesterday.

I know we've got some lawyers on the box. Can he legally fire me after I get a tattoo? And if he does, how much money can I get in my settlement?

Get a tattoo on your cock. Let's see him try to explain your firing then. O0

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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2008, 12:55:32 PM »

I have one of those.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2008, 06:45:45 AM »

or don't get a tattoo
they're trashy and ugly anyway
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2008, 02:56:11 PM »

or don't get a tattoo
they're trashy and ugly anyway
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2008, 04:34:33 PM »

You say your mum used to work for this guy?
I say she knows dirt. Play his game.

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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2008, 07:51:30 PM »

That's full flight?
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2008, 10:01:02 PM »

Holy moses! :o
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2008, 11:05:45 AM »

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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2008, 12:27:31 PM »

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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2008, 02:36:53 PM »

the penis tattoo i could have lived without. easily the ugliest thing i have ever seen. i suppose i say that before looking in the mirror.

anywho, Sethie if they fire you, you could work for me as my online attorney. i'll pay you in pickles.
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« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2008, 10:24:15 PM »

the penis tattoo i could have lived without. easily the ugliest thing i have ever seen. i suppose i say that before looking in the mirror.

anywho, Sethie if they fire you, you could work for me as my online attorney. i'll pay you in pickles.

Fuck your pickles, bitch. I demand a living wage of maraschino cherries.

Pickles are disgusting. It's like, mummified vegetables. They take it, and they suck the life out of it, and then they put it in a jar. It's an evil process meant to... well, I don't know, something involving the NWO and corrupting the innocence of children.
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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2008, 10:30:07 PM »

the penis tattoo i could have lived without. easily the ugliest thing i have ever seen. i suppose i say that before looking in the mirror.

anywho, Sethie if they fire you, you could work for me as my online attorney. i'll pay you in pickles.

Fuck your pickles, bitch. I demand a living wage of maraschino cherries.

Pickles are disgusting. It's like, mummified vegetables. They take it, and they suck the life out of it, and then they put it in a jar. It's an evil process meant to... well, I don't know, something involving the NWO and corrupting the innocence of children.


of course pickles are evil, and soul sucking. that's why i like them so much. as a matter of fact, i have a whole jar of them in the refrigerator. yum yum.

but if you must have maraschino cherries, teh Sethie will have his maraschino cherries. only because we love you. as a matter of fact, now -i- want to go out and buy some maraschino cherries. damn you, Sethie. damn you.
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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2008, 03:16:08 PM »

the penis tattoo i could have lived without. easily the ugliest thing i have ever seen. i suppose i say that before looking in the mirror.

anywho, Sethie if they fire you, you could work for me as my online attorney. i'll pay you in pickles.

Fuck your pickles, bitch. I demand a living wage of maraschino cherries.

Pickles are disgusting. It's like, mummified vegetables. They take it, and they suck the life out of it, and then they put it in a jar. It's an evil process meant to... well, I don't know, something involving the NWO and corrupting the innocence of children.


of course pickles are evil, and soul sucking. that's why i like them so much. as a matter of fact, i have a whole jar of them in the refrigerator. yum yum.

but if you must have maraschino cherries, teh Sethie will have his maraschino cherries. only because we love you. as a matter of fact, now -i- want to go out and buy some maraschino cherries. damn you, Sethie. damn you.

I have a jar too, but only because it came with the apartment. Yes, I'm totally serious. The fridge came with the apartment, and the pickles came with the fridge. There's been a running joke that they're lucky pickles (since they were the only food item in the whole kitchen that the previous tenant didn't discard) and it'd be bad luck to throw them out. Every time someone new comes to my apartment, I tell them the story and offer them ten dollars to eat one, and become imbibed with the magical pickle luck. No one's done it yet.

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« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2008, 04:25:49 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2008, 04:37:06 PM »

Me too. Pickles are supposed to be old. As long as they're in the vinegar, I think they're safe.
Caddy and I will eat your pickle, Sethie. lolololooll
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« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2008, 11:49:25 PM »

Me too. Pickles are supposed to be old. As long as they're in the vinegar, I think they're safe.
Caddy and I will eat your pickle, Sethie. lolololooll

It's not the oldness that scares me, it's the fear that the former tenant was a deranged fuck who pissed into the pickle jar thinking that the next owner might eat one, and the thought of someone eating his piss-pickle (oooh, double entendre!) gave him some sick jolly that he (or she) could masturbate to.
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« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2008, 12:06:39 AM »

fine then. i'd clean the pickle, masturbate with it, and THEN i'd eat it. that fine with you, mister pickypants?
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« Reply #28 on: May 26, 2008, 03:02:02 AM »

fine then. i'd clean the pickle, masturbate with it, and THEN i'd eat it. that fine with you, mister pickypants?

Sounds hot. I'll videotape it and put it on pornotube.
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« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2008, 04:46:37 AM »

fine then. i'd clean the pickle, masturbate with it, and THEN i'd eat it. that fine with you, mister pickypants?

Sounds hot. I'll videotape it and put it on pornotube.

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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2008, 11:14:20 PM »

or don't get a tattoo
they're trashy and ugly anyway

such a negative outlook.. i have a tattoo.   and i love you.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2008, 10:10:44 AM »

i think some tattoos can look trashy and ugly too, but when done well and with meaning behind them they can look nice.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2008, 09:59:53 PM »

Trashy tattoos :

http://www.mollygood.com/regrettable-body-art-20080529/

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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2008, 02:38:29 AM »

This is the epitome of trailer trash:



I picture it on an overweight diabetic woman who's eating a hershey bar and watching courtroom drama.

On the other hand, it's fucking hilarious.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2008, 12:49:52 PM »

I had one job turn me down for one reason: "We think you'd be good, but your hair is too short.  Customers might get bothered by a girl with short hair."

1. My hair is a chin-length bob

2. Yeah.  A drug store turned me down for having short hair.   So tattoos are the least of my worries.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2008, 06:59:49 PM »

I remember reading something along the lines of this in Smash hits a few years back-

"Dear Auntie Pam
I'm in a really bad situation. I went and got a tattoo of Stephen Gately on my arse and I'm scared my mum will see it when I'm getting out of the bath."

the week after I read that, the Poofter only went and came out as gay!

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« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2008, 01:28:27 PM »

So I go to the local supermarket...  lookin' for a cake that mummy (age 80 as of yesterday, btw)
saw in the ad and took a fancy to.  I stroll up to the bakery counter and ask the nice young lady
there about it.  As she turns toward the counter, I find myself facing a new twist on the classic
"My eyes are up here" quandary:  Visible just above the closure of her entirely conservative
work-appropriate blouse is the edge of a very intricate and colorful tattoo...  maybe an inch and
a half of ink can be seen, just begging to be closely examined so that one might figure out what
the pattern as a whole might be...  Short of buttoning ALL THE WAY UP TO THE COLLAR, there's
no way she could cover up the whole thing.




For the record, I looked her right square in the eye, asked my question, found my cake, smiled
and said thank-you, and left without staring at her chest or asking to see the rest of the picture.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #37 on: July 12, 2008, 03:04:03 AM »

well, im not a lawyer, but i was in mock trial for a year.
unfortunately for you, i believe your boss could fire you for having a tatoo. i am not 100% sure but i dont think it would be considered discrimination because he wouldnt be firing you based upon race, religion ect. it could be argued, but i honesly dont think it would be worth the time and money. as long as the tattoo is covered your boss has no reason to fire you.. i mean what is he going to do, make you undress yourself so he could see your tatoo?..not going to happen
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #38 on: July 12, 2008, 03:32:26 AM »

well, im not a lawyer, but i was in mock trial for a year.
unfortunately for you, i believe your boss could fire you for having a tatoo. i am not 100% sure but i dont think it would be considered discrimination because he wouldnt be firing you based upon race, religion ect. it could be argued, but i honesly dont think it would be worth the time and money. as long as the tattoo is covered your boss has no reason to fire you.. i mean what is he going to do, make you undress yourself so he could see your tatoo?..not going to happen

But if he did, then I get me some o' dat sweeeeet harassment money.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #39 on: October 15, 2008, 11:16:33 PM »

Sephie, start worrying more about wrecking the car.

Yes and if he doesn´t see the tatoo then for him it does not exist  ^-^ unless you are getting a chess board in your neck, or you are getting some math demonstrations all over your arm, if so... marry me ? ... anyway what are you getting?

This is kinda sorta what I'm getting:



But I had my friend draw it really differently, and write 'memento mori' in really tiny script at the bottom. Cats with big wings chasing skulls with tiny wings FTW.

COOLEST TATOO EVER! i dare say even a little cooler than octopus arm tattoo guy's!
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #40 on: October 16, 2008, 02:03:30 AM »

I figure that as long as the person doesn't have an obscenity scrawled across their forehead, there is no real harm.
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #41 on: October 16, 2008, 08:43:47 AM »

This reminds me... - didn't Sethie post some time ago that he was going to get his tattoo in a few days?
Is it done? Did I miss it? Because I'd love to see it...
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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #42 on: October 16, 2008, 11:14:18 PM »

This reminds me... - didn't Sethie post some time ago that he was going to get his tattoo in a few days?
Is it done? Did I miss it? Because I'd love to see it...

No, it's not done.. ><

My cousin's friend was supposed to do it, and then he never called me. He's a great artist, and about the only person I'd trust to do it, but he's very (VERY) unreliable. We're going on, like, four or five months here. Last I heard, he couldn't do it because he had the flu. Then the next week he drove to mexico for unknown reasons. Just to put that into perspective, the mexican border is roughly 2,000 miles from here. He came back several weeks later, and no one has seen much of him.

I need to have my cousin call him and get on his ass.

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Re: Fired for a tattoo?
« Reply #43 on: October 17, 2008, 11:42:04 AM »


Thanks for answering that!
Sounds quite adventurous, your artist... :)
I hope you won't have to wait much longer, and that it turns out the way you wanted it.
Good luck!
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