We were interested to hear that following a campaign, on the Balearic Islands to combat discrimination within the workplace, it was uncovered that the Spanish Airline, Iberia, had been requiring female candidates to undertake a pregnancy test in order to “guarantee that (pregnant women) did not face any risks.” Randstad, a recruitment company, had been requesting applicants to undergo a pregnancy test as part of their application and subsequent medical checks.
As a result of the fine Iberia Airlines has said it will now stop requiring female job candidates to take a pregnancy test, however, they did insist that requiring a pregnancy test is commonplace in Spain and although this was practiced a number of pregnant candidates had been employed with them.
This is a timely reminder that any such questions during the recruitment process (or indeed during employment) would fall foul of the Equality Act 2010 and the protection afforded to pregnant employees.
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