Spanish airline Iberia has been slapped with a fine for forcing female job applicants to undergo pregnancy tests, prompting a outcry over sexism.
Iberia drew scorn on social media after claiming the measure was aimed at ensuring “the wellbeing of the baby and future mother”.
It had argued that the test for flight crew applicants was not intended to filter out expectant mothers, but instead make sure they were placed in roles that would not involve any risk to the pregnancy.
But authorities in Mallorca – where the practice was originally discovered – rejected that claim, ordering Iberia to pay €25,000 (£22,000) for what they described as a serious act of gender discrimination.
Iago Negueruela, the work, trade and industry secretary for the Balearic Islands government, said Iberia was guilty of a “very grave infraction” and that men and women could not be given different tests for access to work.