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Dunnes shop worker happy with hijab deal

A FORMER shop assistant has settled an action against Dunnes Stores after claiming she was not allowed wear a Muslim headdress at work.

Loreta Tavoraite (35), who is originally from Lithuania, is "very happy" with a settlement reached with Dunnes Stores, where she worked for almost three years.

Ms Tavoraite took the action after she converted to Islam.

She claimed that she was told she could not attend the firm's Ballincollig store in Cork while wearing the religious headdress called a hijab – a scarf that covers the wearer's hair but leaves the face exposed. She alleged unfair dismissal.

Ms Tavoraite did not attend yesterday's Employment Appeals Tribunal hearing in Cork.

Dunnes told the EAT that it had to maintain a strict uniform policy so as to avoid "a free for all."

Irish Independent