The Spanish airline Iberia has said it will stop requiring female job candidates to take a pregnancy test after it was fined for the practice.
Labour inspectors in the Balearic Islands discovered the airline insisted on the tests, and fined it €25,000 (£22,000; $28,000).
The airline argued it had only been trying to “guarantee that [pregnant women] did not face any risks”.
But this explanation drew ridicule on social media.
“You need help to improve your arguments,” tweeted one blogger, Eva Snijders, having earlier tweeted, “Hello, we are Iberia and we live in medieval times.”