No waitresses in Mumbai bars tonight

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Mumbai, Dec 31 (UNI) The Bombay high court has rejected a petition filed by the Mumbai Hotel Owners Association, seeking relaxation in rules for allowing women employees, especially waitresses, to work during night hours today.

Consequently, there will be no ladies serving Mumbaites till early tomorrow.

The Association had moved the High Court, saying that though the state government has relaxed conditions under the Shops and Establishments Act, 1948 and allowed hotels, bars and other similar establishments to remain open till 5 a m in the morning for Christmas and New Year celebrations, women employees, especially waitresses, were not allowed to work beyond specified hours.

The Shops and Establishments Act allows women in any establishment to work till 9.30 p m only.

Appearing on behalf of the Association, Advocate Veena Thadani contended that the bar for women, especially when relaxation was granted for period from December 25 to January one, was not justified.

She pointed out that while dealing with waitresses in Delhi, the Apex Court has categorically warned the state not to discriminate between male and female employees.

But Assistant Government pleader R M Patne said by not allowing female employees in any establishment beyond 9.30 p m was state's policy and for any such relaxation, the Association should challenge the policy itself, which prompted Justice Sayyad to refuse the relief.


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