Apple supplier Foxconn doesn’t want married women to work at its India plant: Report

The Taiwanese manufacturer’s factory near Chennai, which drew flak earlier for poor living conditions, has raised eyebrows again for its discriminatory hiring practices.

Workers at Foxconn’s assembly plant in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur have alleged that the company systematically withholds jobs from married women, according to a report by news agency Reuters. Foxconn is a major manufacturer of Apple devices in India. 

The investigative report said that the company “systematically excluded” married women from getting jobs at the plant as it believes there are more “risk factors” associated with hiring them. This includes more familial responsibilities than unmarried women, pregnancy, higher absenteeism and customary ornaments interfering with manufacturing equipment.

While Indian law doesn't explicitly bar companies from discriminatory hiring practices based on marital status, …

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