Yes. It's not discrimination, it's the employer not wanting to hire someone who chooses to look like an idiot. Getting the phrase "PUSSY DESTROYER" tattoo'd on your face isn't a smart move for your career.
It's what's inside your head that should matter not how you look. Especially so in academic professions where appearance seem to matter more at the moment... In the extreme case that you have a swastika on your forehead the chance is pretty good that you don't mentally qualify for the position in the first place, it's self-correcting at this point.
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I think a lot of returning soldiers are finding out that the whole sleeves tattoo fad wasn't the best thing for them when they go looking for a job. The Army has even stopped them from getting them while in the service.
they pretty much have the right to hire or not hire you for whatever reason they choose... as long as they stray away from the REAL reason (if need be).
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Employers have so many applicants they can afford to be as picky as they want. Plus they wont tell the person they arent getting hired because of tattoos or piercings, they just wont get a job. Plus if a company wants to get rid of someone they can do it pretty easily, each mistake you make is an infraction, 3rd infraction fired.
I don't see a problem with that.
this is a modern world. anyone who isn't willing to think outside the box and look more then just at the cover, anyone who isn't willing to adapt to the modern world is opening themselves up to fail.
in MY personal opinion, I wouldn't hire people who have the mindset that somebodies physical body choices, be they tats, piercings, gauges or whatever somehow makes them unable to do a job. because it shows they are ignorant and unable to adapt.
How is it discrimination? Really if they have a certain way they want their employees to look (ie: shirt tucked in, no obvious tattoos, etc) and you CAN'T meet that standard then they don't have to hire you. It's really that simple. You're trying to make an issue out of a non-issue in an attempt to sooth the obvious bad taste in your mouth caused by your own tattoos/piercings/long hair. If you want to get a serious job you should have thought about that before doing something that makes you a joke.