Airline Accused Of Discrimination Against Tattooed Applicant

By Emma Koch

Airline Accused Of Discrimination Against Tattooed Applicant

February 22, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Republic Airways is being accused of violating state civil rights laws by denying to interview a flight attendant candidate who had tattoos on his arms.

The man claims that in May of 2012 he was denied an interview with the Indianapolis-based airline because he had visible tattoos on his forearms. According to reports the tattoos would have been covered by the standard uniform shirt.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission said Wednesday there is probable cause to support the man's claim.

"Records show that female employees were permitted to sign a waiver indicating they would agree to conceal their tattoos. However, the alleging party was informed he was not eligible to sign this waiver," said ICRC Deputy Director Akia Haynes.

The finding of probable cause means that the state has determined that there is enough evidence to support the discrimination claim.

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

A message was left for comment from Republic Airways.

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