Employers not prejudiced by facial piercings
Recruiters spoken to by NewsWire say they would not turn away candidates with visible facial piercings. “There are so many instances when it’s fine,” says Louisa Utting, senior consultant at Madison Recruitment in Wellington.
Acceptance varies with the workplace environment: “We judge it depending on how conservative our clients are.”
Consultant Drew Comeskey of the Employers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (Central) says a number of employers would be uncomfortable with piercing but it’s not industry-specific.
Any employer with an anti-piercing policy could not use it for instant dismissal. Normal legal procedure would apply.
Olly Edwards, owner-operator of Trade Kitchen, says it’s about common sense and it would be unfair of an employee to not remove a piercing.
“I don’t mind what they wear outside of work but it’s a uniform. It’s like being at school,” he says.
“I think in a corporate place, piercings aren’t really appropriate because they’re a distraction for the customer. The waiters aren’t there to be looked at.”
Dixon St Deli has a different approach, with manager Emma Houltham saying they like the individual look.
Barista Mike Burnell thinks discrimination against piercings is a culture that’s going out of fashion.
“It doesn’t change the way a person works. I wouldn’t sacrifice my ability to express myself [with piercings and tattoos] for any job.”
PICTURE: Mike Burnell appreciates the creative freedom Dixon St Deli allows him with his appearance.