BA sister airline fined for insisting female cabin crew wear makeup and high heels

By Linsey McNeill
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Budget airline Vueling has been fined after female cabin crew complained that they were required to wear foundation, eyeliner, mascara and two- to three-inch heels.

They were also banned from wearing false eyelashes and lipstick in a ‘distracting colour’ according to local reports. Mascara had to be black.

Meanwhile, male crew members working for the IAG-owned carrier were only told they must have a ‘clean and neat appearance’.

Authorities in Catalonia, where British Airways’ sister airline is based, told Vueling it must have a ‘less burdensome and more balance corporate image, without affecting fundamental rights’.

The airline was fined €32,000 following a complaint by Stavla, the union representing its cabin crew.

Vueling has said it will no longer require male and female cabin crew to abide by different appearance standards.

In a statement, Vueling: “The company has been reviewing its style guide and has been working on an inclusive image for more than a year. We always consider any concerns that our crew may have and these are factored into decision-making and implementation.

“The company’s aim with the dress code is to always ensure comfort and safety in all environments. In fact, the style guide was drafted with the cooperation of the crew member representatives.

“In addition, some of the crew members’ suggestions have been gradually incorporated. An example of this is the adaptation of the guide with regards to the use of make-up, in which there is now no gender distinction or obligation to wear make-up.

“The process initiated by the Labour Inspectorate of Catalonia includes a sanction proposal that is not yet definite. Vueling is currently studying the process to present allegations making use of its rights.”

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