Man claims tattoos, gender cost him job interview

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INDIANAPOLIS – Republic Airways faces a discrimination complaint after a man claims the company didn’t interview him because of tattoos on his arms.

According to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), the man applied for a job in May 2012 as a flight attendant with the airline, but was not interviewed for the job because of his tattoos. He said Republic discriminated against him because he wasn’t offered a waiver as female employees have been in the past. The ICRC has determined that probable cause exists in the case.

The man said he could’ve concealed his tattoos under the airline’s uniform, which includes a long-sleeved shirt. He believes he was denied an interview because of his gender.

Female employees with tattoos are allowed to sign a waiver agreeing to cover their tattoos. The man said he wasn’t given that opportunity.

The man has to prove that he was qualified for the position and that a less-qualified female applicant got the job or that the position remained open.

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