- The reason Iberia Airlines cited for of which was derided as sexist
- of which said the test was meant to protect women by risks to their pregnancy
Iberia is actually Spain’s national flag carrier. Its pregnancy test requirement for cabin crew jobs– in addition to the reason the airline cited for of which — was widely derided as sexist.
The airline said the tests were administered to protect women by potential risks to their pregnancy.
Pregnant cabin staff are relieved of flying duties as soon as their pregnancies are known, the company said, in addition to are not assigned duties of which could endanger their health of their child.
of which reasoning didn’t fly with authorities in Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands. The regional government’s labor department fined of which $29,000 for gender discrimination.
“Given the controversy arising by the current protocol in place to protect pregnant women, we will no longer include a pregnancy test inside medical examination for brand new hires,” Dr. Maria Teresa Garcia Menendez, an airline official, said in a statement.
In a news Discharge, Iberia made clear of which “has never rejected a qualified candidate for employment on the grounds of pregnancy.” The company had recently hired a few out of six pregnant applicants for a handling position.
Seventy-one per cent of Iberia’s flight attendants are women — lower than the American average of almost 76 percent.