Far out Friday: ‘ISIS’ lip tattoo costs one worker his job

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One New York worker has voiced his disdain after being sacked from his job at Home Depot – for having ISIS tattooed on his inner lip.

After hearing a co-worker say the word ISIS while on shift, ex-employee Kirk Soccorso decided to reveal his tattoo – a decision which proved to be a huge mistake.

Soon after, tool-demonstrator Soccorso was shown the door – but he says the tattoo is much more innocent than everyone thinks.

“I honestly didn’t know what the acronym meant until just recently,” said Soccorso. “I overheard the world. I didn't realize.”

The disgruntled ex-employee insists his tattoo is actually a tribute to an old girlfriend – named after the Egyptian goddess of nature, Isis.

"I feel a little lost, it was a good paying job,” he said, before adding; “I want a chance for my job back."

However, a spokesman for Home Depot claimed the decision to dismiss Soccorso was not based solely on the young man’s inadvertently offensive tattoo – insisting it was actually down to a “personal issue.”

Soccorso insist the firing was unfair and is currently considering a lawsuit.

Would you have fired this uninformed employee for his insensitive ink or is his termination unjust? 

For those of you are unsure, employment lawyer Lorenzo Lisi will be offering practical and implementable advice on having those difficult conversations during terminations. Aird & Berlis lawyer, Lisi will be providing a guide to terminations at the HR Masterclass on April 17. 

To find out more about the HR Masterclass, which takes place in Toronto, click here

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