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Michael Lawrence English Discrimination Employers should not discriminate against people who have body piercings Yes this is a form of discrimination Even though it doesnt fall under the categories that usually accompany discrimination such as race gender or religion it is still wrong An employer by not hiring a pierced person is ethically wrong Employers who prohibit body piercing in the work environment are violating this right The idea that a persons job performance is affected by a body piercing is a poor assumption It is like saying a persons hair color determines their intelligence Employers are looking for honesty integrity ability to interact with others and communication skills How does a body piercing affect persons abilities In defense of the employers it might be said that customers can be intimidated or uncomfortable with employees who have body piercings The business owners also say that customers might be offended by the piercings and not return leading to the store losing that business However pierced people are customers to who are looking for a place where they feel comfortable to shop In a business where piercing is looked down upon the employees will judge and treat body pierced customers like they are criminals who are going to shoplift By hiring pierced people other pierced people will feel more comfortable in that environment and they will attract more customers with a disposable income Since the mainstream popularity of body piercing many companies such as Outback Steakhouse in Grand Rapids Michigan and Blockbuster Video have changed their dress code policies to prohibit facial jewelry They have a one-ear ring per ear policy for all employees and any other visible piercing is prohibited Other companies such as Lexmark and Barry Bagels have no policy against piercings Joyce Mckee from Lexmarks human resources department states as long as it is not a safety issue or affects the persons performance it will not come up as an
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