The Indian government has sought a detailed report from Tamil Nadu state following media reports that Apple supplier Foxconn was allegedly rejecting married women for iPhone assembly jobs.

A Reuters investigation alleged that Foxconn had excluded married women from jobs at its main India iPhone plant near Chennai, citing their greater family responsibilities compared to unmarried women.

The federal labour ministry says the law “clearly stipulates that no discrimination [is] to be made while recruiting men and women workers”.

Foxconn said in a statement it “vigorously refutes allegations of employment discrimination based on marital status”.