Jo Perkins’s contract was terminated ‘due to four-inch tattoo on left foot’
She had only been in the post with firm Salisbury FM for five months
Miss Perkins, 38, said it’s only visible when she wears a dress
Boss insists new policy is not anti-tattoo but to have body-art covered up
Published: 09:06 EST, 9 July 2014 | Updated: 02:04 EST, 10 July 2014
A business executive was sacked for having a visible tattoo on her foot.
Jo Perkins, 38, had long had the butterfly design on the side of her left foot when she started working for multi-million pound firm Salisbury FM earlier this year.
But months after she started work, bosses brought in a ‘no tattoos on show’ rule – and terminated Miss Perkins’s contract when she found it difficult to cover up her inking. Controversial: Jo Perkins’ butterfly tattoo on her foot which she says is only visible when she wears dresses Controversial: Jo Perkins’s butterfly tattoo on her foot which she says is only visible when she wears dresses Given the boot: Jo Perkins, who lost her job apparently because of a butterfly tattoo Given the boot: Jo Perkins, who lost her job apparently because of a butterfly tattoo
She is now considering launching legal action for discrimination.Miss Perkins said: ‘I’ve worked for many high-level companies in my time. But I have never heard anything as ridiculous as this.’She is not the only businesswoman to display a tattoo. David Cameron’s wife Samantha is often photographed with her dolphin inking visible on her right ankle.Miss Perkins started working for the facilities management company – which has HM Revenue and Customs as its sole client – at its offices in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, after being recruited through an agency and employed on a contract.She was not dealing with the public and says she was praised for her ‘outstanding’ work during her five months with the firm. Consultant Miss Perkins was forced from her post […]