Rapid Realty – Tattoo for a Raise

Rapid Realty, a New York City based firm, has found a very unique way to reward its employees. Get a tattoo of the company logo anywhere on your body and you’ll get a permanent increase for every sale made.

Sorry to be a downer here, but this “incentive program” is extremely risky (and tacky) at best. There are a number of religions that forbid tattoos. If the employee follows this tenet of his/her religion, then he/she is not is not eligible for the permanent increase as described. In other words, religious discrimination.

Per the EEOC:

Religious Discrimination
Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.

Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group.

Religious Discrimination & Work Situations
The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

Besides, NY is still an at-will state. And while the company is paying for the tattoo now, I doubt they’ll be paying for the laser removal when the inked up employee leaves.