A former sales assistant at Dunnes Stores has claimed she was unable to go to work because she was not permitted to wear a religious headdress there.
Loreta Tavoraite (35), who is originally from Lithuania, began working in a Dunnes Stores in Ballincollig in Cork in July 2007.
She later converted to Islam and for religious reasons wanted to wear a hijab — a headscarf that covers the hair, leaving the face exposed — at work.
Ms Tavoraite, of Parknamore in Ballincollig, is suing Dunnes, of 46-50 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, for unfair dismissal. An Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Cork was told yesterday that staff at Dunnes wear a standard uniform.