Sexist? CA upholds PAL’s earlier retirement for female flight attendants
The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) policy requiring female flight attendants to retire five years earlier than their male counterparts, citing the purported “biological differences” between the two sexes.
In a 20-page decision penned by Associate Justice Jhosep Lopez, the court set aside the May 22, 2015, decision of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) that declared the policy “discriminatory.”
The CA ruled as valid and binding Section 144 of the 2000-2005 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the PAL and the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines’ (FASAP).
It claimed that women’s biological capabilities are different from than of men, and this could affect their task of handling passenger safety.
“Airlines need cabin attendants who have the necessary strength to open emergency doors, the agility to attend to passengers in cramped working conditions, and the stamina to withstand grueling flight schedules,” read the decision.
The CA tried to portray its decision as one that would give women “a great window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes and restore a well-balanced life.”
“Early retirement can also potentially improve their physical and mental health, which in turn can help them live a longer and happier life,” read the decision.