Man Says He Can't Get Job Because Of Tattoos
KBAK Bakersfield, Adam Herbets Reporting:For most work places, having a tattoo isn't that big of a deal, but one man says he didn't even stand a chance at getting his dream job because of his.
As reporter Adam Herbets with KMPH sister station KBAK in Bakersfield tells us, the man feels he's a victim of discrimination.
Billy Roach is proud of his tattoos and says all of them mean something to him. He has the lip prints of his wife on his neck, plus a tribute to his first born son, Ryker. "So my neck is the footprint from when he was born, his name and his birth date," said Roach.
But now those tattoos mean something else entirely difficulty in finding a job.
He recently applied for a position in the medical industry and even though he passed a test, he didn't get called back for a first interview. "She said no the only reason we're not hiring you is because of your tattoos. I don't know what to do, I feel like I was bullied, I feel like I was treated unfairly, and misled. And I don't know why," said Roach.
We aren't naming the company because they didn't break any laws, but we did reach out to them and they said they can't comment because it's a personnel matter.
Holly Culhane of PAS Associates says it's a problem employees have all the time, but there's a difference between legal and illegal discrimination. "We know that every action or choice has a consequence. There are certain areas that you cannot discriminate based on, right? So we're talking about race, color, religion, sex, national origin, as example of those," said Culhane.
That's why Culhane says employers should make their practices clear. "So they might want to ask the question up front or they might want to just ask for the policy," said Culhane.
But Billy Roach says he did tell them up front and was told by a manager that it wouldn't be a problem. "I pulled my stuff up and I showed them I had tattoos and I wanted to be uup frontbecause to avoid wasting my time as well as theirs... and he encouraged me to take the test and said you know don't worry about it," said Roach.
He says he's never had a problem with his tattoos before, is well qualified and deserves a shot, and he wouldn't have been upset if they told him up front.
Instead he had to take a day off work, and now feels like his time and money were wasted.
Billy now says he is writing a letter to Congress to fight to make tattoo discrimination illegal, unless they are hateful or gang related.