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How a tiny tattoo cost this woman two dream jobs.

Mamamia logo Mamamia 27/07/2016 Sophie Aubrey
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When you get a tattoo the size of a 10 cent coin on a discreet part of your body, you probably think you’re making a wise decision as far as inking goes.

But 21-year-old Chontelle McGoldrick claims she was rejected from two dream jobs because she had a tiny anchor tattooed on the inside of her right ankle.

McGoldrick said she applied to be a flight attendant with Qantas and Emirates earlier this year but was turned down by both for the same reason, reports.

The Gold Coast woman said she was 18 when she got the tattoo and now she felt forced to spend big bucks to get it removed.

She claimed the two airlines told her they wanted to offer her a position but couldn’t because of the tattoo.

“They said some cultures and religions find them offensive, so I was told to come back when it’s completely gone and there can’t be any scarring or marks,” she told

McGoldrick said the tattoo had not caused her problems when she held positions at an orthodontist's office and a health food store.

The Fair Work Act does not protect physical appearance unless it amounts to discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, disability and religion.

Laser tattoo removal can cost thousands of dollars.

Clients usually require 6-12 sessions, depending on the tattoo's colour, size and age. A single session can cost several hundred dollars.

Mamamia has reached out to McGoldrick for comment.

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