Dismissed for a Tattoo

George Heron

George Heron

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5 October 2016

Recent reports have indicated that one in three young adults now has a tattoo. This news comes in spite of the fact that many people still harbour negative perceptions about tattoos. This is reflected in the views of many businesses, where visible tattoos are frequently prohibited in Company policies.

In response to this, ACAS have issued an updated research paper which focuses on the issues surrounding dress codes and appearance at work. The paper highlights one particular case involving someone who worked at a radio station. The radio station did not expressly state that staff should refrain from getting tattooed, but it did require them to be covered. The worker in question had a tattoo over her foot and ankle. Having made no effort to cover it up, she was duly dismissed for breach of the Company policy. So… what could she do about this?

The answer is ‘not much’. The actions of the employer were not discriminatory and the worker had not been at the station long enough to attain protected status. As such, she was not able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal.

Of course, any dismissal brings a certain degree of risk and it is therefore essential to have competent legal advisors on your side. One wrong move and you can find yourself before a tribunal facing hefty costs and compensation.

At Alpha, we have a vast experience in providing bespoke, practical advice on HR and employment law issues. This includes providing tailored advice on any situations that may involve a potential dismissal. We are proud of our commercial outlook and do not sit on the fence. If you would like to have Alpha on your side, please feel free to contact us.


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