"The class action, alleging WestJet breached its employment contracts with flight attendants by failing to properly prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault, could affect all companies in Canada."
"On Thursday, WestJet told the Star in a statement that they “respect the decision of the court and are in the process of reviewing the decision with our counsel to determine next steps.”
"The company had argued unsuccessfully that Lewis should have filed her complaint before human-rights bodies, not the courts."
https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/ ... rules.html
Proposed class action alleges airline broke promise to female employees
The Canadian Press · Posted: Apr 18, 2019 9:02 PM MT | Last Updated: April 18
Former WestJet flight attendant Mandalena Lewis is suing the airline over alleged gender-based discrimination. The airline is going to the Supreme Court of Canada in an attempt to have it throw out of court. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
WestJet Airlines Ltd. is going to the Supreme Court of Canada in an attempt to have a proposed class-action lawsuit launched by a former flight attendant thrown out of court.
The airline lost efforts to scuttle the action in both the B.C. Supreme and Appeal courts, but documents asking for leave to appeal filed with the high court say the case raises several questions of national importance.
Mandalena Lewis worked for WestJet for eight years and alleges in her legal action that the employer broke its promise to provide a harassment-free workplace for women.
WestJet claims in its filing that the high court needs to decide if the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal have exclusive jurisdiction over the claims of sexual harassment in a non-unionized, federal company.
The documents say if the case is allowed to proceed to court, the jurisdiction of the commission and tribunal have effectively been nullified, which couldn't have been the intent of Parliament when they were created.
Lewis alleges in her civil lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted by a pilot while on a stopover in Hawaii in 2010 and that WestJet breached its anti-harassment promise in her contract.
Fast-forward a few years and another female FA (allegedly) has an incident of forcible confinement and sexual harassment by this exact same pilot. Westjet (allegedly) again tries to brush it under the rug but this time the alleged victim will not kowtow to their methods of handling alleged crimes.
Jump to today and simply because the company didn't terminate the employment of an alleged sexual predator they face having to pay a settlement to each and every female FA that does not opt-out of this action. That's a lot of money that could have been saved had they simply referred the matter to the police in the first place and not (allegedly) encouraged the (alleged) victims to stay away from the police and keep their pretty mouths shut.
Incompetent (alleged) decisions without thought of consequence, made by allegedly qualified personel, are simply going to lead to a massive payout along with permanent stain on the brand. That last bit of the sentence is near-impossible to quantify...but it'll be pricier than any non-essential expense in possibly the history of the company.
They definitely spied on the competition. I saw the printed powerpoint presentation sheet in the hands of an exec traveling to YYJ on more than one occasion. They denied it...but I actually saw it happening. Same here. They deny it. Then they try to litigate it to death. But eventually, and that day will be sooner than later, they will pay for the (alleged) ignorant and asinine mistakes of a few people drunk on the koolaid.
Jump to today and simply because the company didn't terminate the employment of an alleged sexual predator they face having to pay a settlement to each and every female FA that does not opt-out of this action. “
Another idiotic post.
Can’t wait till everyone who is innocent until accused then guilty and fired... lives in your little ridiculous bubble. FAs will have a financial field day.