Sunday, June 07, 2020

GoAir employee files police complaint after airline terminates contract over alleged communal comment

GoAir terminated the contract of an employee over alleged communal comments and then backtracked and put him on suspension after the trainee first officer reportedly filed a complaint against the Wadia Group-owned carrier.

The airline had posted about the action it had taken against the employee and said:

“GoAir has zero tolerance policy ad it is mandatory for all GoAir employees to comply with the company's employment rules, regulations and policies, including social media behaviour. The airline does not associate itself with personal views expressed by an individual or an employee. With immediate effect GoAir is terminating the employment contract of trainee First Officer Asif Khan. - GoAir Spokesperson”
Asif Khan, the alleged employee is believed to have lodged a complaint with the Mumbai police cybercell stating that the controversial post – over which action against him was taken – was made by an impersonator.

"The company has put him [the employee] in suspension till the inquiry, both internal and external, is done and the case is concluded," a GoAir spokesperson reportedly said.

The alleged comment created an uproar on Twitter and the #boycottGoAir started trending on Twitter.

Later, Khan contended the allegations on Facebook and said that it was an impersonator who had posted the controversial comment on Twitter.

Khan, who reportedly joined the carrier in December 2019 as a Trainee First Officer, said that the comments were not made by him.

"My only request is to please investigate this matter fairly and swiftly," he said in a post and added, "by whatever means possible", he will cooperate in all inquiries.
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