If you're a recent graduate scrambling for a job, then you know that the words "you're hired!" might as well be sung by angels. That's how Claire Shepard felt when she was hired by shopping logistics company Dee Set as a retail manager. Unfortunately, within minutes of getting hired, Claire was fired by the company. The reason? Her tattoos.
According to the Daily Mail, Claire was offered the position without ever meeting with anyone at Dee Set in person - that's how great her phone interview was. But had she actually met with someone in person, she might not have been hired in the first place. Shortly after sending Claire her job offer, the company forwarded a list of standards and policies, which included "no visible tattoos." Thinking it was a mistake or an outdated policy, Claire, who has hand tattoos that are nearly impossible to cover, e-mailed the company about her situation. That's when Dee Set gave her the boot.
Claire posted about her experience on Facebook, and her story was shared over 2,000. Apparently going Viral got Dee Set's attention, because they offered Claire back her original position. Though Claire said that the position was perfect for her experience and flexibility, she turned it down - likely because this ish put a seriously bad taste in her mouth.Had Dee Set told Claire of their policy before she applied to the job and she chose to ignore their policy, I would be more inclined to side with the company. I'm a big fan of tattoos and think they should be more accepted universally, but it's within a company's right to have "no visible tats" as their policy. It's just kind of an eyeroll-worthy one.
Maybe this case should open people's eyes to the kinds of applicants they are turning down just because of some body art. Clearly Claire is competent and was able to win over her would-be bosses with a mere phone interview - ultimately, that should matter way more than her tats, right?
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