ANKARA A Turkish court has ordered an employer to reinstate a woman who was fired after she kissed her boyfriend at work, ruling it was just a stolen kiss and that no customers saw it, state-run Anatolian said on Wednesday.
The woman was confronted by her boss after she was caught kissing on tape on the business's closed circuit TV, Anatolian said. The business in the capital was not identified.
"When you take into consideration that the kissing was momentary and that there were no customers present and that no other workers saw it, is a grave decision to say the action breached the order of the workplace," the appeals court said, annulling a decision by a lower court to uphold the firing.
Critics of the Islamist-rooted AK Party government frequently complain of increasing social pressure to conform with conservative social values in predominantly Muslim but officially secular Turkey since the AK party took power in 2002.
The AK Party, which draws its support from a growing pious middle class in the Anatolian heartland, denies European Union candidate Turkey is becoming more socially conservative since it came to power.
(Reporting by Hatice Aydogdu; Writing by Ibon Villelabeitia; Editing by Alison Williams)