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October 5, 2000 | Lisa Girion
AN apartment-leasing agent who was fired after she pierced her tongue and then sued will go back to work Nov. 1 as part of an out-of-court settlement with her employer. On Saturday, representatives of Los Angeles-based Oakwood Worldwide delivered a letter inviting Mary Haudenshield, 29, back to work, two days after she filed a discrimination suit.
September 27, 2000 | LISA GIRION
A Woodland Hills woman sued her former employer Tuesday, alleging she was wrongly fired after she refused to remove a new tongue stud. Mary Haudenshield, 29, said she did not believe the small stud she placed in her tongue Sept. 3 was visible to others or in violation of the dress code at the apartment complex where she worked as a leasing consultant.
September 24, 2000 | LISA GIRION and LISA GIRION
For employers * Keep dress codes fair and nondiscriminatory. Banning earrings on men but not on women, * The broader the policy, the more latitude and responsibility supervisors have. Overly strict dress codes can take up supervisors' time for enforcement. * Enforcement should be fair and consistent. * Requirements, such as neckties, hairnets or short fingernails, should be clearly connected to business needs or safety concerns.
From where Steve Lorens sat, a needle etching the image of a Rottweiler into his upper back, the idea of Los Angeles County government regulating the tattoo business areas sounded absurd. "Are they going to walk around and give each tattoo an A, B, C or D?" Lorens asked as he sat in a Covina tattoo parlor, referring to the county's rating system for restaurants. "They call this America. You should be able to do what you want."
November 8, 1998 | Susan Carpenter
It's one of the great mysteries of our time--a subject of some debate among the painfully hip. Fact or urban myth: Body piercings trigger alarms at airport security checkpoints? "If it set 'em off, I'd be like, 'ding-ding-ding-ding,' " says Kristi Williams, the 25-year-old manager of House of Freaks, a Melrose Avenue tattoo parlor. "I'd be going off all the time," she says. But a guy who pierces at the L.A.
September 17, 1998 | CHRISTINE CASTRO
The City Council has denied an operating permit for body piercing in a local beauty salon. In a unanimous vote Monday, the City Council decided that body piercing was most similar to tattooing, and therefore could not be allowed within the city's commercial neighborhood zones. Council members cited health and safety concerns, as well as potential for indecent exposure. There are no body-piercing salons in Cypress, but it is a growing field and standards must be set, Councilman Tim Keenan said.
After hours of swaying trance-like and chanting Islamic prayers, the dervishes who live in Serbia's Kosovo province began the ultimate test of their faith. Crowded before a dervish altar, the little boys went first. Shejh Xhemali Shehu, the holy father of the clan, blessed a metal spear the size of a knitting needle and then guided it through the fleshy cheek of each youngster's beaming face. No blood. A miracle, the holy father proclaimed. The older men went next.
December 17, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Following through on its bid to keep tattoo and body-piercing establishments out of San Fernando, the City Council on Monday voted to require that the procedures be supervised by a licensed physician. With no residents coming forward to speak against the ordinance, the council unanimously adopted the new law, establishing what are believed to be the toughest rules governing the trendy body enhancements in Southern California.
December 9, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
In a bid to keep tattoo and body-piercing establishments out of San Fernando, the City Council will consider an ordinance Monday that would require the trendy procedures to be "directly supervised" by a physician. Mayor Raul Godinez II said that the ordinance was designed to ensure that piercing and tattoos are performed safely, but he also acknowledged that the council would like to make it prohibitively expensive for such businesses to operate in the city.
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