Tat spat: Michigan woman could be fired over ink - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Tat spat: Michigan woman could be fired over ink

Posted: Updated:
TROY, Mich. (WJBK) -- A Michigan woman says her heart tattoo was okay when she was hired but now, years later, it all of a sudden became a deal breaker for her corporate bosses.

The 27-year-old from Rochester Hills is an employer's dream because she loves going to work. Kayla has worked at Starbucks for almost five years and says it's "an awesome place to work."

"We have great benefits. I have health benefits, dental, vision, they offer 401K plans, retirement plans, we get stocks," she says. But her ties may soon be severed because of a tattoo that's as puny as a penny.

"It's just a little heart you can cover it up with your thumb. It's a little heart. It's not offensive to anybody," she says. "Now, I am being told after five years of having this tattoo being hired in that I have to get rid of it or resign from my job."

That's because of a Starbucks rule that has been in place since the beginning of the company: no visible tattoos allowed. Kayla says she had her tattoo during the interview and does not remember the policy being mentioned.

Kayla says she has been putting makeup on her tattoo, and that she even leaves the makeup at work to make sure she always has it, but the gesture doesn't seem to be enough.

"What I was told by my manager and my district manager was that you have 30 days to begin a removal process for the tattoo or you must resign from your job," she says.

The global corporate communications manager issued this statement to Fox 2:
 
"Out of respect for our partners', who we refer to as our employees, privacy we do not discuss individual employee details. I can tell you that our tattoo policy states that partners cannot have visible tattoos. This is part of our dress code policy and is discussed with our candidates during the interview process."

At this time, Kayla says she likes the tattoo and does not plan on removing it.





  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit councilwoman dodges questions about Facebook photo

    Detroit councilwoman dodges questions about Facebook photo

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:27:05 GMT
    Councilwoman Mary Sheffield posted a photo with controversial figure Rayford Jackson, previously involved in the Monica Conyers scandal. Fox 2's M.L. Elrick wants to know why.
    Councilwoman Mary Sheffield posted a photo with controversial figure Rayford Jackson, previously involved in the Monica Conyers scandal. Fox 2's M.L. Elrick wants to know why.
  • Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:09:47 GMT
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
  • Firefighter injured battling house fire in Detroit

    Firefighter injured battling house fire in Detroit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:06:52 GMT
    A possible arson kept Detroit firefighters busy for much of the evening.
    A possible arson kept Detroit firefighters busy for much of the evening.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices