New Saudi law to fine female workers 1,000 Riyals for not covering head

Published: October 22, 2015
New labour laws introduced this week outlined that employers must specify a dress code for their female employees. PHOTO: SAUDI GAZETTE

New labour laws introduced this week outlined that employers must specify a dress code for their female employees. PHOTO: SAUDI GAZETTE

A new law introduced by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour imposes a 1,000 Saudi Riyals fine on female workers who do not cover their head at workplaces.

New labour laws introduced this week outlined that employers must specify a dress code for their female employees and failure to comply with the dress code will result in a SR5,000 fine.

“All companies must issue clear written instructions to their female workers to cover their head while in office. Erring companies will be fined SR5,000,” a report quoted a Labour Ministry official as saying, according to Arab News.

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Further, the ministry also stated that female workers caught without their head cover would be fined SR1,000. Clauses in the law also prevent companies from employing minors within hazardous workplaces, such as construction sites and on conveyer belts within factories, with violators set to face a fine of SR10,000.

Afnan Kokandi, a Saudi employee who works for a private company said about the new law, “I think it is a good policy because women are going to work and not to a fashion show. As a woman, you should wear the Islamic dress and there is no need to go to work as if you are going to a wedding.”

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In contrast, Noura Fuad, another Saudi who works for a private company said, “I do not like the new policy since clothes are a private and personal matter and something between a woman and God. Women should have the freedom to choose.”

Further, the law set aside a fine of SR5,000 for companies which force their female employees to work at night. Firms failing to provide separate sections for their female employees will be fined SR10,000, the law adds.

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The new law has sparked a debate across social media where some are describing it as brilliant while others believe it to be unfair to women. One individual commented that in order for the law to be fair, a similar law should be imposed on salesmen who leave the upper buttons of their shirts open.

This article originally appeared on Saudi Gazette.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Nitemare
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:27PM

    I am not in favour or against the above specified law but the way you mislead people. The law, as you mentioned, is to cover the head only while the picture you have used implies that veil is a must too! Not good.Recommend

  • ABC
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:41PM

    Please also cover the head of your prince who is sexually assaulting females in US. Actually cover his face, so nobody will have to bear the torture of seeing his filthy faceRecommend

  • Stranger
    Oct 22, 2015 - 5:46PM

    Feel free to cover your head and neck but show your face ladies . how else do we know its a girl and not a boy under. Recommend

  • Zaid Bhai
    Oct 22, 2015 - 10:12PM

    And they lead UN Human Rights :) they lived happily ever afterRecommend

  • Another Indian
    Oct 23, 2015 - 4:29AM

    How about non-muslims (if there are any)? Will they be forced to follow this stupid law too?Recommend

  • prabhjyot singh madan
    Nov 18, 2015 - 4:17PM

    We Indians just treat Saudis right for their oil and our workers there, besides that they are inhumane. Please remember great kings were born from a woman womb, so respect them as equal, as said by book and yours . Rab rakhaRecommend

  • Fahad
    Nov 20, 2015 - 1:58AM

    This report is not correct!!! I don’t know how they write about something that they aren’t sure about!

    I’m Saudi and I owned a company that employed Saudi girls and no one gives a penalty for not covering their heads or wearing hijab !!!!!


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