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Second Part Tattoos at Workplace The popularity of tattoo has increased significantly over the last two centuries. More and more people are increasingly developing interests in getting a tattoo without thinking about the challenges it may cause them. The primary purpose of tattoos is to serve as a religious reflection, a symbol of status, or a symbol reflecting a person’s culture (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). In spite of its growing popularity, tattoos were earlier associated with bikers, gangs and other social groups that were considered to act outside social orders (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). Currently, a number of studies indicate that many employers still have this notion, and this makes them discriminate against these people when recruiting new employees. Exterior appearance is usually significant for those positions where an employee directly associates with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. Therefore, an employer can decide not to hire a person with a tattoo for such positions with a notion that most stakeholders will consider them as members of criminal and other outlawed gangs. Therefore, this paper primarily focuses on discussing why employers should discriminate against people with tattoos at workplace. In different societies, tattoos symbolize certain cultures or events. For example, in certain cultures, tattoos portray a person’s status. This is mostly common in the western world. For instance, a person wearing a tattoo of his or her mother or father may indicate his or her love for the family. Moreover, it may also symbolize that a person belongs to a certain clan or community (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). In the 19th Century, tattoos were common phenomena among criminal and outlawed gangs, which differentiated them as anti-social members of the society who only complied with their own rules and beliefs. For example, bikers wore tattoos to indicate that they were against their society’s values and norms. In some circumstances, tattoos also affiliated a person to a given political party or religion. For example, the Catholics may wear a tattoo of a cross to signify their religious affiliation (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). Current studies, on the discrimination of people with tattoos at the workplace, have established that 40 percent of people aged between 19 to 30 years at least have a tattoo (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). These studies further indicate that 40 percent and 18 percent of people with a tattoo have more than two or more and six or more tattoos respectively (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). Therefore, this data calls for an investigation whether tattoos should be allowed or discriminated at the workplace since this age group is the most significant source of human resource. American Bar Association report of 2008 issue indicated that employers have the legal rights to decide whether their employees should have tattoos (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). Additionally, policies regarding company dress codes are internal affairs. Therefore, the issue of tattoos at workplace varies from one employer to another. Tattoos can sometimes be advantageous at workplace. A company, which accepts tattoos, portrays itself as an organization that promotes the right of freedom and freedom of speech (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). This is because employees who wear tattoos seem to express themselves through bodywork. Additionally, companies that have innovative cultures as marketing and media organizations may allow its staff wear tattoos to enhance its creative side (Bredeson amp. Goree, 2012). This can help such organizations achieve diversity as it accepts people from different cultural backgrounds. However, customers can begin perceiving an organization that accepts tattoos in a negative way. This is because they will associate the company’s employees with criminals and outlawed groups. Employees working in companies, which accept tattoos, can find it difficult relocating or being employed in organizations that do not accept tattoos. In conclusion, there are company policies that require professionalism in dress codes and ethics. Tattoos have been known to counter corporate philosophies and values of some companies. Therefore, it is necessary that different organizations should clearly spell out their dress codes ethics at the workplace to avoid conflict with employees. ReferenceBredeson, D., amp. Goree, K. (2012). Ethics in the workplace. Mason, OH: South-Western/Cengage Learning.