Can a hindu married women take her employer to court for not being allowed to wear bindi and bangles ?
From India, Ambala
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Dinesh Divekar
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SUNITA ROY
Manager

Dear Sunita,
Your query is too short. What is the nature of your employment? In which department do you work? Does your job requires wearing a uniform?
When you were employed, did employer declare the condition of the employment and on above this declaration has it been mentioned clearly in your appointment letter?
Women employees working in the hotel industry, airlines industry, hospital etc are required to wear the uniform and as a part of the uniform, they are not allowed to wear the bindi and bangles. Again it is case to case basis and there cannot be generalisation as such.
As far as filing a suit against the employer is concerned, it is fine. Court verdict will depend on whether the employer has violated religious freedom. For example, male Sikhs are allowed to wear turban or ring in their wrists (kangan) because it is a part of their religion. If the suit is filed then the lawyer must be able to prove that the wearing bindi and bangles is a part of Hindu or any other religion. Court verdicts are not given on the accepted practice but there has to be evidence in the religious books.
Filing a suit against the employer is fine but then the employer may consider the employee as maverick and may start harassing through other means. Therefore, is employee ready to take that risk?
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Dear Sunita, You can take legal action against your employer,provided there is nothing an employment conditions with some dress code.
From India, Mumbai

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