Many employers have decided to allow tattoos in the work place as long as they are not offensive. Some employers such as Sea World Orlando, Walt Disney World, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have written policies that apply to visible tattoos. These policies state restrictions each business has for visible tattoos, for example: if a tattoo is distracting or offensive it needs to be covered up. Most people who have tattoos don’t mind covering them up, but one must wonder if this infringes on their rights under the First Amendment and equal opportunity laws. Also, many places will not hire people who have gauges, a piercing that is much larger in circumference than “normal” piercings, or facial piercings such as nose, lip, and eyebrow piercings. Employers should have say on how workers wear their uniform, not what’s underneath. Employers should have no say on what their employees do to their flesh, whether it be piercing or coloring it permanently.
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Discriminating people because of their creativity and religion expressed through their body is morally unjust. Not only should we, as citizens of America, not discriminate against them, but businesses and companies especially should not discriminate against them. Because of the First Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, companies should not be permitted to not hire or fire people/employees simply because they display body art.
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Mr. Gelinas settled this case for $75,000 after the Court denied Boisselle’s motion for summary judgment and found that a reasonable jury could find that Mr. Gelinas’s rights were violated. The First Amendment protects individuals’ right to speak at public meetings on matters of public concern, regardless of the viewpoints they express.
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Civilians have a right to record on-duty police officers in public spaces. We are experienced in bringing lawsuits against police officers who violate this right. Most notably, we partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts to bring a lawsuit for Simon Glik that resulted in a landmark decision from the First Circuit Court of Appeals. On October 1, 2007, Mr. Glik used his cell phone to record police officers forcefully arresting a man on the Boston Common. The officers then arrested Mr. Glik and charged him with illegal wiretapping, aiding the escape of a prisoner, and disturbing the peace. The charges were eventually dismissed.