Spanish airline Iberia to drop pregnancy test demand

Dhaka,  Thu,  20 July 2017
Published : 11 Jul 2017, 18:48:58 | Updated : 11 Jul 2017, 18:53:55
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Spanish airline Iberia to drop pregnancy test demand

Spanish airline Iberia to drop pregnancy test demand
The Spanish airline Iberia has said it will stop requiring female job candidates to take a pregnancy test after it was fined for the practice.

According to BBC, Labour inspectors in the Balearic Islands discovered the airline insisted on the tests, and fined it €25,000 (£22,000; $28,000).

The airline argued it had only been trying to "guarantee that [pregnant women] did not face any risks".

But this explanation drew ridicule on social media.

"You need help to improve your arguments," tweeted one blogger, Eva Snijders, having earlier tweeted, "Hello, we are Iberia and we live in medieval times."

The airline practice was uncovered after a campaign on the Balearic Islands to combat discrimination in the workplace, reports El Pais in English. 

Inspectors subsequently found Iberia had required a recruitment company, Randstad, to carry out the test on candidates along with other medical checks, the paper says.

Iberia insists it did not turn down candidates discovered to be pregnant, saying five had been hired. It also reportedly argues that requiring pregnancy tests is commonplace in Spain.

(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)

 
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