Dunnes Stores case over hijab is settled


A former Dunnes Stores sales assistant who claimed she was not permitted to wear a hijab at work has settled her case against the company for unfair dismissal.

Loreta Tavoraite (42), Parknamore, Ballincollig, Co Cork, had brought a case for unfair dismissal against Dunnes Stores (head office) at South Great George’s Street, Dublin. She is Lithuanian and had converted to Islam.

The tribunal had heard that Dunnes Stores staff wore a standard uniform of a blouse, trousers or a skirt, and a type of cardigan, and no alteration to the style of the uniform was allowed.

Yesterday, however, the solicitor for Ms Tavoraite, Pat Horan, informed the Employment Appeals Tribunal hearing in Cork that the case had been settled.

The settlement terms agreed between Ms Tavoraite and Dunnes Stores were confidential but Ms Tavoraite was happy with it, he added.

Tribunal chairwoman Sheila O’Mahony said it was always preferable when agreement was reached.

She granted Mr Horan leave to re-enter the matter up until January 2nd in the event of the settlement not being implemented.