Workplace Discrimination: Is Singapore Doing Enough?

After a part-time promoter at a Tangs pop-up booth was told to remove her hijab in order to be allowed to continue working on its premises and after public pressure including from President Halimah Yacob and Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, the store changed its guidelines to allow employees and brand partners to wear religious headgear while working on its premises. TAFEP is also investigating the incident.

In this infographic, CAPE looks at current measures to deal with workplace discrimation in Singapore and examines whether it is time to enact an anti-discrimination legislation.


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