Catalan labor inspectors in Spain fined Vueling for “unfair” attitude towards female flight attendants. The Spanish low-cost airline has been ordered to pay 30,000 euros after its actions were seen as violating the rights of female employees regarding dress code rules.
It is reported that the airline has introduced far fewer requirements for the appearance of men than women.
So, what did not suit the female half of the crew?
It turned out that the carrier instructed female flight attendants what kind of high heels they should wear and, most importantly, how to make up while on duty. In addition, flight attendants were strictly forbidden to increase eyelashes and paint lips with distracting lipstick.
Next. According to the rules, the foundation had to match the natural skin tone, and the mascara could only be black. Female flight attendants were also instructed to wear shoes with heels ranging from five to seven and a half centimeters.
In contrast, male crew members were ordered to maintain a “clean and tidy appearance.” This is where the recommendations end. And, of course, there was no advice on how to choose shoes.
The union of crew members — STAVLA — eventually brought the matter to the attention of the Ministry of Labor of the Government of Catalonia. As a result, Vueling was fined €30,000 and advised to enforce the “less onerous and more balanced” dress code. in a manner that takes into account the fundamental rights of its employees.
The airline has the right to retaliate against the court.
However, judging by the latest actions, Vueling has accepted the arguments of the prosecution. An airline spokesperson confirmed that as of recently, the use of makeup is no longer restricted to the female gender. A spokesman for the company said that: “Now there is no gender difference or obligation to use cosmetics.”
Vueling is part of the international aviation holding IAG, which combines British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia.