Ryanair in trouble over 'sexist' calendar

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Ryanair in trouble over 'sexist' calendar
Ryanair in trouble over 'sexist' calendar

Ryanair has been taken to court for publishing a "sexist" calendar showing female cabin crew in underwear and bikinis.

The Daily Mirror reports that consumer watchdogs in Spain say the low-cost airline's 2013 calendar exploits female staff.

The private prosecution claim will be considered by three judges in Malaga on 30 April.

Lawyer Antonio Castillo, who is representing the consumer group, will ask the court to rule that the use of the pictures in the calendar is illegal.

International Business Times reports that the 2013 calendar, sold on all Ryanair flights, is priced at 10 euros (£8) and all proceeds go to the Polish TVN Foundation, which helps children suffering from cystic fibrosis.

In November, Ryanair stated that the calendar had sold 7,000 copies since its launch in Warsaw, Poland the month before. Its success means the airline is expected to raise over 100,000 euros (£84,500) for their chosen charity.

It's not the first time Ryanair has had to deal with claims of sexist business practices. Two years ago the Advertising Standards Authority banned a "sexist" advert from the airline, headed by Michael O'Leary, showing a bikini-clad woman with the slogan "Red hot fares & crew".

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