Aeroflot denies discriminating against female cabin crew

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 21 Apr 2017, 17:52:31

Aeroflot denies discriminating against female cabin crew

A group of “old, fat and ugly” flight attendants has failed in its bid to sue Russia’s most popular airline for discrimination over their age, weight and appearance.

The flight attendants claimed that Aeroflot had moved staff off international routes onto local flights with lower pay for being too old, overweight or unattractive, something the airline strenuously denies, according to a global media report.

But this week the group, which called itself, STS, a Russian abbreviation for “old, fat, ugly”, had its case thrown out of a Moscow court.

One of the cabin crew said that Aeroflot had quietly introduced rules governing how female flight attendants should look and those who did not comply were dropped from major routes.

Another flight attendant claimed that staff had to be between 5’2” and 5’6” and clothing size small or medium.

A spokesperson for Aeroflot said that the allegations were “without foundation”. “Aeroflot does not discriminate on age, sex, weight, appearance, religious or political convictions, or indeed any other grounds,” the airline said in a statement.

It said it acts in accordance with Russian labour legislation and in line with best international practice.

The Russian airline, which has a sponsorship deal with football team Manchester United, was in February awarded the accolade of most powerful airline brand in the world.

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