Friday, May 17, 2019

Air India to crack down on sexual harassment

New Delhi: Air India chief, Ashwani Lohani, has instructed the airline’s leadership team to “come down heavily” on instances of sexual harassment in the company which were being reported “often.”

The order from the airline’s Chairman and Managing Director follows a complaint from a woman pilot about a senior pilot and instructor about an incident on May 5 in Hyderabad.

“It is shameful that sexual harassment cases are being often witnessed in Air India. We need to come down very very heavily on such offenders. Pass this message down the line especially in departments related to operations,” Mr. Lohani wrote in a WhatsApp message to the heads of various departments such as operations, finance and commercial.
The woman pilot had written in her complaint that the senior pilot had behaved inappropriately with her at a restaurant where the two met after work. Following the complaint the airline has de-rostered the pilot as well as removed him from training duty. It has constituted a three-member Internal Committee to look into the complaint and prepare a report within a month.
17/05/19 The Hindu

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