GOL, a Brazilian airline, has been told that it must pay for cosmetics and other “cosmetic procedures” that female cabin crew must undergo in order to comply with the airline’s grooming code.
GOL Airlines requires female flight attendants to wear cosmetics and portray a well-dressed image, including freshly manicured nails.
The labor ministry court in Santa Catarina found that, unlike their male counterparts, female cabin employees at the airline were contractually required to give up some of their income in order to change their appearance for the sake of the company.
The court ordered GOL Airlines to “provide, free of charge, to all of its female employees, the makeup set specified in its personal presentation code, as well as pay for cosmetic procedures.” Manicures and hair removal are among the services available, according to 24 Matins.
The verdict, which was issued on July 29 but was only recently published by local media, requires GOL to compensate female employees 220 reais per month to offset the extra expense of adhering to its grooming manual. 220 reais is roughly equal to $42 USD.
The airline is anticipated to compensate approximately 4,000 female employees, including flight attendants and airport ground staff.
GOL attempted to defend the class action complaint by stating that the cosmetic treatments and makeup styles in the grooming manual were merely “recommendations.
” The court found in favor of a labor union, finding GOL guilty of gender discrimination by effectively lowering the compensation of female employees in comparison to male employees.
In addition, the airline has been sentenced to pay around $94,700 in moral damages.
GOL Airlines has stated that it will appeal the decision.