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A tattooed woman complains: I can’t find a job

A tattooed woman complains: I can’t find a job

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from: Anna Hiers

Tattoos do play a role in some jobs: as a tattoo artist, it’s almost mandatory, as a bank employee, and it’s often viewed critically. The Welsh woman “didn’t stand a chance” thanks to her body art.

Almost every fifth German citizen has one (or more) tattoos, found in a 2019 survey by Ipsosinstitute Outside. high Suddeutscher Zeitung The number of tattooed people in Germany has almost doubled compared to the past seven years. Whether it’s a unicorn, a geometric pattern, or flowers in all colors – the possibilities are endless with this form of body art – but it’s always a no-brainer.

Tattoos in professional life – taboo?

Yes, tattoos are not a taboo in professional life. She’s inside constitution It states that everyone has the right to the free development of his personality (Article 2). So your employer cannot prevent you from getting a tattoo or taking steps under employment law, such as dismissal. But there are exceptions.

About every fifth German citizen has a tattoo, and in most areas, particularly in the creative field, this is not a problem. It usually becomes more difficult when the drawings and patterns cannot be hidden and you are looking for a job in the police or bank. (iconic image) © xEugenioxMarongiux / Imago

In professional life, tattoos may be required to be covered or hidden by a supervisor, especially in some industries. For example, civil servants or public sector workers, police officers and soldiers in the German army must not have any tattoos in the “visible area of ​​the body” (BVerwG 2 C 13.19). There are always exceptions, but the supervisor can ask for them. And even in finance and banking or in law firms, the opinion is sometimes expressed that clients can draw negative conclusions from visible tattoos.

By the way: the moderator could be more strict and insist on hiding symbols that are clearly misogynistic or racist for example. If the principal’s instructions are ignored, the result can be a warning, warning, or dismissal.

Welsh women with tattoos cannot find a job

A problem also faced by Melissa Sloane from Wales (UK). The special thing here: She not only has one or two tattoos, but now over 800. Compare that Daily Star, a British tabloid, told that she had a job cleaning toilets but now she can find nothing similar. She cites tattoos all over her body, including her face, as the reason: “I applied for a job as a toilet cleaner where I live and they didn’t want me because of the tattoo.”

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Willing to work but “addicted to tattoos”

The mother of two says, Daily StarShe will definitely accept a job offer. But she also admits in the same conversation that she gets up to three tattoos a week. On the one hand, she describes herself as being “addicted” to tattoos, but on the other hand, she doesn’t want to stop at all: “When I’m 70, I’ll still get some.” In addition, it is not. I’m just looking for a job, but she also wants to set a record, as she continues: “I’m trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records.”