Requiring women, but not men, to wear makeup is discriminatory.
Requiring air hostesses, but not stewards, to wear high-heeled shoes is unequal.
This is the conclusion of the Labor Inspectorate of Catalonia, seized by the Stavla union to take a closer look at the aesthetic conditions imposed on female members of Vueling's cabin crew.
The inspectors, at the same time, impose a fine of 30,000 euros on the Spanish low cost owned by IAG (the group resulting from the merger of British Airways and Iberia).
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The instructions given until then to the hostesses were precise: the heel of the shoe must measure between 5 and 8 centimeters;
foundation is mandatory and its color must match the skin tone;
the use of a black mascara is also imperative;
on the other hand, eyelash extensions "
of artificial length or appearance"
, eye shadow other than light gray or light brown and lipstick that is not of a "
" shade are prohibited.
Opposite, these gentlemen have more brief and conciliatory instructions: to present
“a clean and neat aspect
”, it is well the less.
The airline, questioned by
El Periódico de Catalunya
, indicates that it is in the process of revising the instructions given to hostesses and stewards.
The next guide will include makeup guidelines that will not be mandatory or gendered.
A solution similar to that chosen by Ryanair in Spain in 2019, which had narrowly escaped an inspection by providing its employees with alternative pants to the hitherto imperative skirt.