A Michigan Starbucks worker says her job is on the line after her corporate bosses disapproved of a small heart tattoo located on her hand.
27-year-old Kayla says she’s worked at the same Starbucks location for years, and her small tattoo has never been a problem, but now, her corporate bosses told her she has to have it removed or possibly lose her job.
"What I was told by my manager and my district manager was that you have 30 days to begin a removal process for the tattoo or you must resign from your job,” Kayla told My Fox Detroit.
Kayla claims that she’s been putting makeup on the tattoo to cover it up for a while, but now, her bosses decided that she has to have it removed. The 27-year-old has no plans to get rid of it, however, and is speaking out about the unjust demand at the hands of her boss.
“It's just a little heart you can cover it up with your thumb,” said Kayla. “It's a little heart. It's not offensive to anybody. Now, I am being told after five years of having this tattoo being hired in that I have to get rid of it or resign from my job."
A statement from the global corporate communications manager for Starbucks makes clear the company’s policy with tattoos.
“Out of respect for our partners', who we refer to as our employees, privacy we do not discuss individual employee details,” reads the statement. “I can tell you that our tattoo policy states that partners cannot have visible tattoos. This is part of our dress code policy and is discussed with our candidates during the interview process."
So far, Kayla has yet to be fired, but it appears as though her bosses aren’t backing down and will likely let her go once the 30-day period is up.