The Ohio Department of Youth Services is funding a grant to pay for laser tattoo treatments in an effort to improve the ability of recent juvenile offenders to get jobs. The grant, that pays for multiple treatments over the course of two years, aims to fade obvious tattoos that can sometimes block gainful employment. Free laser tattoo treatments are the end result.
Face, neck, and hand tattoos, also known as “obvious tattoos” because they cannot be easily hidden, can many times be a job-stopper for employers who have to fill jobs dealing with the general public. Some companies have dress code policies that specifically ban tattoos that cannot be easily covered.
While many falsely believe these appearance guidelines violate personal rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission allows for discrimination against obvious tattoos as long as it doesn’t violate rights related to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Employers have the right to say that a worker cannot have orange hair, or tear drop tattoos; and are perfectly within their rights.
In Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, Dr. Gregory Hall has been designated to perform these treatments in his office in Richmond Heights. “Our first treatments have begun and we are looking for more eligible clients to help,” Dr Hall reports.
The referral for laser tattoo treatments must be made and arranged by an agent of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, but after that referral is made, there is no additional fee or cost to the client.
Looking for clients
“This is a great opportunity to get an expensive procedure for free!” said Dr. Hall who authored the book “Teens, Tattoos, & Piercings: The health and social impact of permanent body art.” We’re currently looking for appropriate clients. Call your parole officer for additional information.