Air India receives notice for sacking ‘overweight’ hostess


  Air hostess takes former employer to court. Image: commons.wikimedia  

An air hostess has taken her former airline employers to court after her contract was allegedly not renewed because of her weight.

Approaching India’s Supreme Court this week, Salome Singsit submitted a challenge against the decision made by Airline Allied Services, a subsidiary of Air India, claiming the airline refused to take her back after her contract expired on 31 December 2010, because she is “overweight”, The Times of India reported.

Although having previously taken the issue to a Delhi high court in July 2012, the airline was ordered to provide Ms Singsit with a medical assessment to determine her health condition and give her flying or ground duties accordingly.

As part of her plea, Ms Singsit said she had experienced several medical complications as well as three pregnancies between 2006-2010, which resulted in weight gain.

However, the airline she had been overweight several times since she was appointed cabin crew in 1996 and was not keeping well while on duty.

The airline challenged the decision in September last year.

Singsit then approached the apex court against the order of the high court.

The company has now been issued with a notice to respond.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ
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