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Norway – Qatar airways criticised for short skirt job advert

06 February 2014

Qatar Airlines has been criticised by the Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman for placing an advertisement for flight attendants requesting that women attend a recruitment event in knee-length skirts, while men were asked to wear business attire, reports dn.no.

Carl Frederik Riise, an advisor for Norway’s anti-discrimination ombudsman, commented: “We believe that it is contrary to law that there should be different clothing requirements for men and women. It discriminates between applicants on the basis of gender.”

The advert has since been amended to ask that both genders arrive at the recruitment event in Oslo wearing business attire.

However, a similar advert also appeared on Qatar’s website for a recruitment event to be held in Romania. The request was even more specific regarding the appearance of female job applicants, asking that they wear a knee length skirt suit and a short sleeved blouse with skin coloured stockings or no stockings. The advert also requests that female applicants wear their hair neatly tied back with appropriate make-up.

Men were asked to attend wearing a business suit with a shirt and tie, and be neatly groomed. 

Similarly to the Norwegian job advertisement, the Romanian event now requests that applicants attend in formal business attire. 

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