Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Religious tattoo-ism: where body art meets employment discrimination

By Garrett David Kennedy

Tattoos and body piercings have become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. — over 20% of adults are now tattooed. This number only will be increasing because 38% of millennials (born from 1981-1992) have tattoos, approximately half of whom have two or more, while 23% of millennials have body piercings. More of a concern for employers, however, is that visible body art is increasing as well. Litigation based on disputes over body art has arisen principally in the context of religious discrimination. Employers need to think about this issue before it hits home. [link]