RIYADH – Owners of lingerie shops face penalties, including the possibility of being shut down, if they do not employ women within 14 days, according to an official from the Ministry of Labor Saturday.
Ministry of Labor supervisors will begin inspection tours in about two weeks across the Kingdom. The employment of Saudi women at lingerie shops has been ordered by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
Hattab Al-Inizi, Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Labor, said shops at traditional women’s markets such as Souq Hijab and Taiba in Riyadh, would not be exempt, Al-Watan reported Sunday.
It has been learned that some shops are no longer selling lingerie to avoid having to comply with the decision. There are also conflicting reports of sales rising by 50 percent at shops run and staffed by women. — SG