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When “cultural norm” becomes discrimination

When “cultural norm” becomes discrimination (Last Updated On: June 29, 2015)

Qatar Airways, recently named as the World’s Top Airline, is under fire for a clause in employee contracts which states: “The company reserves the right to automatically terminate your contract as a flying cabin crew member should you become pregnant”.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for the clause to be removed.

Interestingly, these Qatar Airways employee agreements also include a clause “which prevents female members of staff from marrying without gaining permission from Qatar Airways”. In a 9000 strong cabin crew, female staff members make up 80% of this population.

These clauses and the call for removal raises serious debate. The argument being that these types of regulations are enforced as they are in-line with what is deemed to be the cultural norm, however, 90% of the airlines overall staff are migrant workers.

In response, Qatar Airways has vowed to implement procedures to re-hire pregnant women in other roles within the company – but expectant mothers must first resign and reapply, with no guaranteed job offer.

In a separate incident in Glasgow Scotland, a woman for was bullied into terminating her pregnancy but when she didn’t comply, was fired. Her employer was found guilty of unfair dismissal, along with sex and pregnancy discrimination and the employee was awarded compensation.

Fair Work Ombudsman stresses that it is unlawful to discriminate against any employee on the ground of pregnancy, race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer responsibility, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin

If you have any queries associated with employee contracts and company policies and procedures, Employsure can help. We can advice on any situation and assist in the development of employee contracts. Call us today 1300 651 415.

 

Source: Breitbart & Daily Mail

 

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