Monday, November 06, 2017

High Court orders AI to take back flight attendant whose contract ended while on sick leave

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has ordered Airlines Allied Services Ltd., a subsidiary of Air India, to reinstate a flight attendant whose contract was terminated when she was on a 18-month-long sick leave.
A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sunil Gaur directed Airlines Allied to reinstate the woman within four weeks, saying that its refusal to renew her contract "clearly amounts to hostile and discriminatory treatment".
The womans lawyer, Ashwarya Sinha, argued before the bench that her client was advised 18 months rest as she was suffering from tuberculosis of the back.
The advocate had also told the court that her client, Chitra Sharma, was not informed about the expiry of her contract while she was on sick leave.
The woman had challenged the airlines decision before a single judge of the high court who upheld her termination.
Setting aside the single judges order, the division bench said that the airline being a state agency was bound "to reasonably accommodate" her and "ensure that her contract was renewed, without the period of her illness coming in the way of consideration of her case".
06/11/17 PTI/India Today