Monday, October 29, 2012

Lufthansa rules male pilots to wear caps

Airline’s male pilots must wear caps: court

Frankfurt -   A German court threw out Monday a complaint by a pilot who felt he was being discriminated against by airline Lufthansa in being forced to wear a cap while on duty, while his women colleagues were not.

A labor court in Cologne found there was no sexual discrimination on Lufthansa's part in enforcing a rule that male pilots had to wear caps in all public areas of airports, while female pilots were not obliged to.

The court, overturning an earlier ruling which had found in the pilot's favor, accepted Lufthansa's argument that the cap was part of the historical development of a male pilot's uniform and not an expression of any difference in treatment of the sexes.

A pilot's uniform differed depending on whether they were male or female and a cap was part of the male pilot's uniform, Lufthansa argued.

Similarly, there was no discrimination in the fact that women pilots were allowed to wear skirts, but their male colleagues were not, judge Jochen Sievers argued.

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