Tattooed Woman Fired Minutes After She Got Hired From Dream Job

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What's it like finally getting the job you really like, only to get sacked moments after? Ask this woman.

girl fired cos of tats Credit: Facebook/Claire Shepherd
girl fired cos of tats Credit: Facebook/Claire Shepherd

Claire Shepherd, a 27-year-old woman was ecstatic as she got off from a phone interview with Dee Set, a shopping company. She impressed the staff of Dee Set with her knowledge and experience in retail. She is to start reporting with the company on the following week.

Moments after the phone interview, Claire received an email from Dee Set stating the company dress code standards. Thinking it was an outdated set of policies, Claire dismissed it and decided to send an email to Dee Set explaining that she has very visible tattoos. Their response shocked the 27-year-old as they expressed their sudden disinterest in her taking the role of retail merchandiser in their company.

Claire Shepherd tattooed hand
Claire Shepherd tattooed hand

Shepherd immediately took this to social media. She believed that, based on the interview, she has what it takes to take on the role of retail merchandiser in the company. She wouldn't have been initially accepted if it weren't for her expertise and skills which she presented in the interview.

Claire Shepherd/Facebook
Claire Shepherd/Facebook

Upon realising the impact they have caused, Dee Set contacted Shepherd, claiming that the position is still open for her to take. However, Shepherd refused, disgusted at their prejudice.

“They saw my tattoo and saw it was not offensive but I feel if I hadn’t gone viral they wouldn’t have offered me the job back,” she tells Mail Online. “We are all individuals and someone’s skin shouldn’t affect their employment.”

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Claire Shepherd/Facebook

Whether you side with the company or with the complainant on this one, it still raises the issue of the visible tattoo on the workplace—something that sparked up a number of incidents in the recent years.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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