Letter of the Day (Feb. 15): Tattoos

  • Updated: February 14, 2013 - 9:41 PM

Ryan Stevens applied to be a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy but was disqualified because of his forearm tattoos. The sheriff’s policy requires that tattoos not be visible when a short-sleeve uniform shirt is worn.

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Regarding the legality of denying tattooed applicants access to public jobs (Twin Cities+Region, Feb. 14), I have two comments: First, I believe some tattoos are indeed beautiful works of art. Second, however, unless an employee would be allowed to wear a shirt with the same design on it to work (say, for example, a shirt displaying an image of spiky, sword- or knife-like flaming vines), I don't believe employers should have to accept that type of "attire" from an employee simply because the "shirt" is permanent.



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