For anyone that has ever missed out on a potential job offer or been discriminated against at work, because of the way they look, whether it be a piercing, tattoo or simply your hair colour/style, you can punch the air in triumph today, as a petition has been launched on the Number 10 Downing Street website to get the Anti Discrimination Act to include alternative appearance in the work place.

It's ridiculous that in this day and age, where Britain promotes itself for diversity, people that choose to look a little different from what is considered 'acceptable' are still being made to feel like outcasts. Is having dreadlocks or even pink/purple/blue/whatever colour hair really that offensive?

It's perfectly understandable that in occupations where you are handling food you shouldn't be wearing jewellery, and thus, shouldn't have piercings, due to hygiene reasons. However, in jobs such as retail and bar work you'd think that that kind of thing wouldn't matter - individuality is beautiful and something to be celebrated not discriminated against. The only kind of people that would have a problem with people wearing turbans or burkhas to work are narrow-minded bigots, so why should people of a slightly more 'alternative' background have to put up with it?

Anyone who is offended by someone's choice of body art or hair colour needs to open their minds and get with the times; having a tattoo or a piercing does not make you a bad person, nor does it impede your ability to work.

If you agree, please sign the petition:

A Breakthrough for 'Alternative' Culture.