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Tattoo policy unfair, Convention Centre employees say

Three Ottawa Convention Centre employees say their company's dress code is infringing on their freedom of expression.

They say the Convention Centre's policy that all visible tattoos must be covered forces them to wear long-sleeved shirts underneath another uniform shirt which can make for uncomfortable working conditions in the warmer months.

Dan Coates, the Convention Centre's manager of marketing and communications, says the three employees brought the issue of more comfortable uniforms to management several months ago and an agreement had been reached.

"The OCC is a very comfortable environment . . . We keep the building at 22 degrees Celsius which is industry standards," he said.  "I wear a full suit and I'm more than comfortable."

The three employees have said they've been locked out of the building as their key passes are no longer working.

Coates says that isn't the case and they're just being asked to meet with management before returning to work.  He says they're hoping to get the three back to work as quickly as possible.

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