Can I refuse to hire an applicant with tattoos?
Only if you do not want to hire hip and interesting people.
Personally, I would think twice before making people with tattoos mad by refusing to hire them. They know lots of rough folks who could do bad things to your car. Be careful.
— Evil Skippy
You want to hire the most qualified person for the job. That person may or may not have a tattoo. Sure, a particular tattoo might rule out a particular candidate. For example, I would not want to hire someone to work in food service who has a tattoo that says, “I love to spit in your food.” On the other hand, if the tattoo is not going to be a problem when it comes to customer service or other specific business factors, why do you care? Stop focusing on the ink and instead focus on how they think.
Readers – what do you think? Is it O.K. to base a hire decision on tattoos?