Two years ago, Claire Shepherd of Swansea applied for a job that she had dreamt about. She applied as a retail merchandiser for a logistics company called Dee Set, and the role was to help stores plan what products to buy and how to display those products.
The 29-year-old was super excited to receive the job, and the interviewers were so impressed with her knowledge that they ended up hiring her.
An email from the company followed, which outlined among other things a tattoo policy.
The tattoo policy said that all tattoos that the person who’s getting the job may have must be covered up to avoid offense to any incoming customers.
The policy was bad news for Claire because she has a number of tattoos on her body, most notably one that extends from her fingers all the way to her forearm.
She contacted the company and asked about their current policy, thinking that the one in the email was simply outdated. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.
Thirty minutes after she applied for the job, the company sacked her because of her tattoos. Her experience and skills counted for nothing.
“I have six years previous experience in managerial roles and my tattoos have never been an issue.”
Furious with Dee Set’s decision, Shepherd posted a message to her personal Facebook regarding the company’s policy on tattoos.
“They clearly thought I had something to offer and would be the right person for the job as they had already offered me the position.”
The company saw the email and asked Claire in to check out her tattoos.
“They saw my tattoo and saw it was not offensive. But I feel if I hadn’t gone viral, they wouldn’t have offered me the job back.”
Tattoos are now more common and mainstream than ever, with people from all walks of life sporting some ink somewhere on their body. People use them for self-expression, memories and a plethora of other personal reasons.
Claire’s message aims to shine a light on discrimination in workplaces and also aims to change the way the public looks at people who are passionate about tattoos. Well done Claire and good luck with your new position.
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