Candidate claims he was rejected from job for his flesh tunnels & tattoos

Candidate claims he was rejected from job for his flesh tunnels & tattoos

A jobseeker has claimed that he has faced discrimination, following rejection after a job interview the interviewers allegedly disapproved of his appearance.

Sean Dougan, 26, who wears flesh tunnel earrings, has tattoos and was interviewing for a non-customer facing role at Macdonald Hotels in Scotland, said the panel told him: “This is a family run business and the owner is a very old-fashioned gentleman.”

A spokesperson for the hotel firm said that Dougan’s rejection was not due to his appearance, explaining that the reason he didn’t get the job was because he could not commit to the shift patterns due to commitments to his heavy metal band – The Metro reports.

Dougan, from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, who was smartly dressed and covered his tattoos during the interview, believes otherwise: “It’s discrimination, plain and simple. All the two women wanted to ask me about was my ear tunnels.

“I’m used to it by now and I have a set of answers, but it was all they were interested in. They even asked me to take one out, which I did.

“The fact that they admitted the boss had some old-fashioned views about appearance says something.

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“All my tattoos are covered and in any case, it’s not like this was a customer-facing job. They made me feel two inches tall. I knew what they were getting at right from the off.

“I’ve experienced this before, but never within a call centre environment where my appearance remains anonymous to customers anyway.”

Dougan, who leads a thrash metal band, Dominicide, said things went well during the initial phone call prior to the face-to-face meeting.

During the interview, he was asked about his musical commitments: “They jumped on the band immediately and I was told that I would have to be 100% flexible for all of their working hours, which were 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends,” he said.

He alleges that he reassured the firm that he would schedule his musical practice around his shifts and would give them notice well in advance of gig dates.

“All of this was to no avail,” he added. “It was clear to me that this was nothing to do with my flexibility or availability to work. They ended my interview there and closely guarded me all the way to the exit.”


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