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    Foxconn clarifies 25% new hires are married women; safety rules not discriminatory

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    Tech giant Foxconn, one of the largest iPhone manufacturers in the , has addressed recent concerns regarding the employment of married women at its Tamil Nadu facility. In an informal communication to government authorities, the company shed light on its actual hiring practices and safety protocols.

    Foxconn revealed that a quarter of its new recruits are married women. This implies that nearly a third of the total women workforce are married. According to the company, this ratio compares favorably with other electronics factories across . Further, Foxconn currently has a female workforce constituting around 70% of its total employees. Its facility in Tamil Nadu is considered the largest private sector employer of women in the country.

    Addressing claims of discrimination against Hindu married women, Foxconn clarified that prohibiting metal ornaments in the work area is a universal safety rule applicable to all. Regardless of gender, marital or religious status, wearing any metal items can pose dangers and is disallowed on the shop floor as a standard practice in similar industries.

    While some rejected candidates had attributed their non-selection to such factors, Foxconn maintained the recent reports were likely based on isolated anecdotal comments. As a responsible manufacturer, it takes all necessary precautions to ensure an inclusive and safe working for employees from all backgrounds.

    The Ministry of Labour and Employment is currently looking into the matter by seeking a detailed report from local authorities. Going forward, transparency and clarification from all stakeholders will help clear the air around such industry-related issues.

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