The Spanish airline Iberia has said it will stop requiring female job candidates to take a pregnancy test after being fined for the practice.
It had been discovered requiring the test by labour inspectors in the Balearic Islands, and fined €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.”