Iberia airline fined for demanding female candidates take pregnancy tests

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A Spanish airline which asked potential female employees to take pregnancy tests before hiring them has been fined €25,000.

Iberia, based in the Balearic Islands, was slapped with the fine – equivalent to £22,000 – after employment officials discovered women were being asked to take a test when undergoing medical checks.

Recruitment firm Ranstad had been hired to carry out the process, local newspaper El Pais reported.

The discovery was made during a campaign to combat discrimination in the workplace.

However, the airline claimed it carried out the test so as not to put pregnant women “at risk”.

In a statement posted on its website, it said it would stop forcing women to take the test but added: “Iberia has never stopped hiring women due to the fact of being pregnant.” 

It also claimed that in 2016/17 60 pregnant women were hired to work with the airline.

Spanish Health Minister Dolors Montserrat told the BBC she “rejected” the practice.

“Maternity can in no way be an obstacle for access to a job,” she told reporters.

Iberia, which merged with British Airways in 2010, is free to appeal against the fine imposed by the Balearic regional government.

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