Spanish airline is fined $29,000 for making female applicants take pregnancy test

Spain’s national flag carrier, Iberia has been slapped with  $29,000 fine over its pregnancy test requirement for cabin crew jobs widely derided as sexist. Dr. Maria Teresa Garcia Menendez, an airline official, in a statement said 

“given the controversy arising from the current protocol in place to protect pregnant women, we will no longer include a pregnancy test in the medical examination for new hires,”

The airline said the tests were administered to protect women from potential risks to their pregnancy. 

Pregnant cabin staff are relieved of flying duties as soon as their pregnancies are known, the company said, and are not assigned duties that could endanger their health of their child.

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