|Issue No 60||30 June 2000|
Nose Stud Leads to Sacking
Body piercing may be fashionable, but some Canberra employers just don't keep up with the trends. Belinda Faulkingham of the Canberra suburb of Lyons is walking proof of this.
Until recently she worked in a club where management policy did not allow any nose, tongue or belly button jewellery to be worn during shifts.
Belinda - a member of the Hotel Union, the LHMU - had her nose pierced with a tiny stud, almost invisible at a distance.
At a club where patrons are allowed to wear all kinds of jewellery, she was told to ditch her nose stud.
"I was so angry when they told me if I didn't take my nose stud out I'd be sacked," Belinda said.
"I mean it's not like I have a big bull ring in my nose."
When the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union ( LHMU) took up this issue with management, they still refused to back down.
"When Belinda and I contacted the club they absolutely refused to modify their policy," said LHMU organiser Yvette Berry. "You can have bleached spiky hair but no nose stud."
Rather than put up with the heavy-handed practice, Belinda chose to resign. "They made one guy take out his eyebrow ring which you couldn't even see because it was clear," she said.
"I resigned because I didn't want to work in a place that is so out of touch. Who would?"
Belinda's now got a job in another Canberra club.
" I asked before I started there whether they had any problems with body piercing. They said not at all. So I'm happy now."
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