Do airlines discriminate against female pilots?

Woman takes Lufthansa to court for discrimination
After getting through the first few rounds of the extremely tough application process for a job as a pilot at Lufthansa, a woman failed as she was not the required height. Now she is taking the airline Germany’s highest labour court for discrimination.
Lufthansa rules say that crew members must be between 165 and 198 centimetres tall. The young woman is 162 centimetres. Lufthansa is stricter on the issue even than some of its subsidiaries. Swiss, for example, sets a minimum height of 160 centimetres.
Rival Air Berlin, meanwhile, has no minimum height, and a spokeswoman claimed that adjustable cockpit seats mean size is not an issue. The Luftwaffe, or German air force, has a minimum height for pilots of just 155 centimetres.
A labour court in Cologne ruled in favour of the young plaintiff in 2014, saying she was disadvantaged because of her sex. In Germany, 44% of women are less than 165 centimetres tall. But no compensation was given. She now claims €15,000 in damages and €120,000 in compensation at the federal labour court in Erfurt.
DPA/The Local


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