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Management 490C : Advanced Topics in Management and Business: Body Art

Course guide for MGT 490C (Metropolitan State University of Denver).

Suggested Databases for Body Art

Body Art, Piercing, Tattoos and Tattooing in the Workplace - Demonstration Topic

Framing the Research Statement:

" the US workforce becomes increasingly diverse, employers walk a fine line when developing professional appearance codes without violating employees' constitutionally protected right or US equal opportunity laws...." (Miller, Brian K. et. al. in "Body Art in the Workplace: piercing the prejudice?, p. 624,cited below).

Sample Questions To Ask:

  • Has Body Artin the Workplace Caught Up with Societal Attitudes?
  • Do You Believe That the Display of Visible Tattoos Is Unprofessional?
  • Are People Who Display Body Art or Tattoos Routinely Discriminated Against?

Suggested Key Terms:

Body Art; Body Piercing; Tattoos and Tattooing: Dress Codes; Human rights violation; Social attitudes; Discrimination in employment; Discrimination - Law & Legislation; Work Environment; Corporate culture; Employee rules.

Professional Associations


Body Art - Introductory Readings

These can all be found in the Auraria Library in Start My Research:

Armstrong, M.L., Owen, D.C., Roberts, A.E., & Koch, J.R. (2001). "College tattoos: more than skin deep," in Dermatology Nursing 14 (5) 317-323.

Bandsuch, Mark R."DressingUp title VII's analysis of Workplace appearance policies," in Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Winter, 2009, Vol. 40, 287-342.

Bandsuch, Mark R., "Ten troubles with Title VII and trait discrimination plus one simple solution (a totality of the circumstances framework)," in Capital University Law Review, 37 Cap. U.L. Rev. 965.

Harkins, Christopher, A. "Tattoos and Copyright Infringement: celebrities, marketers, and businesses beware of the ink," in 10 Lewis & Clark L. Review, 313 (2006)

Miller, Brian K., Kay McGlashan Nicols, Jack Eure, (2009), "Body art in the workplace; piercing the prejudice?" Personnel Review, Vol. 38., #6, pp. 621-640.

Ramachandran, Gowri, "Freedom of Dress: State and Private Regulation of Clothing, Hairstyle, Jewelry, Makeup, Tattoos, and Piercing," in Maryland Law Review, (2006), 66 Md. L. Rev. 11