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May 21, 2013
6:32 pm
CateZ
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I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to handle the following situation:

I work in the medical field and no one seems to care about my body mods (none of the patients and none of my coworkers)…except for one manger. She often pulls me aside and scolds me (yes, scold…like a kid) about my piercings. However, often times when she does this she only seems to pull me aside…she leaves other members of staff with the same or more extreme body mods alone.

I'm not sure how to handle this situation…do I confront her about it, go to her superior, or quit that job? It's very distressing how intense and persistant she is about this and I have to do something, I just don't know what.

Any help is appreciated. :)

May 22, 2013
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I have the same issue at my hospital….worked there for almost 4 years have had the same tatts and peircings since I started now all of a sudden I cant have them anymore. But they let Indian people have their nose rings due to religious reasons…..

May 23, 2013
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Honestly, I would suggest going over your managers' head and speaking to her superior. Addressing them up front about showing anti-favortism towards you is not always the best. If you allow somebody higher to know, they can speak to them and if it continues, contact HR.
I dealt with a similar situation not too long ago. I would constantly get scolded for my vertical philtrum (even when I wore a retainer – which I was told would be allowed) while another girl could have a full on lip ring in. I allowed another manager to know what was going on, and since that day I was left alone about my retainer.

May 24, 2013
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Michael Minter
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However, often times when she does this she only seems to pull me aside…she leaves other members of staff with the same or more extreme body mods alone.

If she's only "scolding" you- find out what the real problem is.

Michael Minter
May 25, 2013
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Many larger companies have religious exemption forms available. Certain parameters are still expected to be upheld, but most nostril piercings are protected by religious right. If you have children in the education system along side other kids, you must also fill out a religious exemption form for vaccinations. The Armed Forces in America allow celebrations/rituals to be done on Wiccan holidays, along with all the other religions, with a religious exemption form in place.
I'd try humor to disarm that manager. Also, check your employee handbook and see if it covers piercings and tattoos. If not, check for what the manager has a right to personally decide on behalf of the company. Maybe there is no policy in place and that would provide a great opportunity to have a hand in WRITING THE POLICY YOURSELF!! Wouldn't that be super cool!

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