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Foxconn denies allegations of discrimination against married women at Chennai iPhone plant

Citing media reports regarding the discrimination, the Union Ministry of Labour on Wednesday sought a detailed report from the Labour Department of the Tamil Nadu government.

CHENNAI: Taiwan-based Foxconn on Thursday said it does not stand for discrimination in hiring or recruitment and it takes corrective action “up to and including termination of the hiring agency” when it comes across any such issue.

Reacting to the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment seeking a detailed report from the Tamil Nadu labour department on the issue of married women being denied assembly jobs at the Foxconn India Apple iPhone Plant as reported by the media, the Hon Hai Technology Group, in a statement, said it vigorously refutes allegations of discrimination in employment based on marital status, gender, religion or any other form.

"In our latest round of hiring almost 25% of women are married. Married women are welcome to wear traditional metal ornaments while working in our facilities," Foxconn in a statement released to TNIE in response to a query on the issue said. The statement, however, did not explicitly say whether the married women hired recently were for assembly jobs at its plant.

"We enhanced our management process for hiring agencies in India in 2022 and identified four agencies that were posting ads that did not meet our standards. We took corrective action with those agencies and more than 20 job ads were removed," Foxconn said.

Citing media reports regarding the discrimination, the Union Ministry of Labour on Wednesday sought a detailed report from the Labour Department of the Tamil Nadu government. It said that the State government is the appropriate authority for the enforcement and administration of the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. It said Section 5 of th Act stipulated that no discrimination is made while recruiting men and women workers

The State labour department is yet to provide any information regarding the allegations. Last year, Foxconn signed an agreement with the Tamil Nadu government to invest Rs 1,600 crore in a new mobile components manufacturing facility in Kanchipuram district, which will generate 6,000 jobs. Foxconn Chairman and Chief executive Officer Young Liu was on his maiden visit to Tamil Nadu last year.

The company is not only looking at manufacturing but also in research and development in Tamil Nadu. The Taiwanese company, which is being wooed across India, has signed a tripartite agreement with IIT Madras Research Park and Guidance Tamil Nadu for research and development and innovation.

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