Hijab and Loose Dresses: Faysal Bank’s dress code for female employees criticized for being ‘discriminatory’
Adherence to this dress code is mandatory and applies to regular employees and internees alike.
Earlier this week, Faysal bank’s head office issued an order containing its new dress code, which states that all female employees must wear a hijab and modest dresses with loose-fitting as ‘it is a cultural requirement’.
According to reports, all the female staff has been advised to:
- Wear shoes or formal flat heels
- Dress elegantly with cultural norms that are shalwar kameez, kurta suit, or any modest dressing
- Show discretion in their selection of makeup and jewelry
It should be noted that all the female employees in the Islamic Banking Group Head Office and Islamic Branches (existing and new) will be required to wear a hijab while on duty, training, and on clients’ visits, as required by Islamic injunction.
Adherence to this dress code is mandatory and applies to regular employees and internees alike. The dress code will also be communicated to new candidates during their interview sessions.
On the other hand, male employees have been directed to wear:
- Suits or dress trousers, dress shirts
- Suit jackets (obligatory for VP and above, optional for the rest)
- Dress shoes
- Shalwar kameez with a formal waistcoat or sherwani
Reports state that employees facing customers in branches open on Saturdays shall also follow this code from Monday through Saturday.
Regarding the new dress code, the bank states:
The code of conduct is designed to guide the personal business ethics of all and applies to every employee of Faysal Bank. The bank also plans to bind other persons performing services for it by contract or agreement.
The social media community has condemned it, calling it sexist and gender discriminatory.
Met an recently ex #faysalbank employee asked him about the new abaya rule he was like it was meant for staff dealing with Islamic finance.
— Akber Shakil (@akberthegreat) October 16, 2020
Appalled to see Faysal Bank forcing its female employees to wear abayas and hijabs. Both are neither our national dresses, nor is it the mandate of an employer to dictate ‘islamic’ dressing onto its employees.
— Shanza Faiq (@Shanzaf) October 16, 2020
OFF WITH MY HEAD for such a fatal mistake. @faysalbankltd please hire a giant man & give him a sword. Put him in a Faysal Bank costume with lots of logo. Make him behead us for such mistakes at Liberty roundabout. https://t.co/EN8JOwAxDl
— Nabiha Meher Shaikh (@NabihaMeher) October 16, 2020
— Natasha Kundi نتاشا کُندی (@NatashaKLondon) October 17, 2020
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