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Tat spat: Michigan woman could be fired over ink

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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.





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