Target: CEO of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker
Goal: Update sexist employment regulations, such as requiring that women be single to be hired.
For many years, female flight attendants were subject to sexism on the job. While many airlines have decided to change their regulations to be fairer to women, Qatar Airways still chooses to enforce questionable policies.
These sexist policies enforced on women require that a woman must be single to be hired and must remain single for the first five years that she works with the company. It also states that a woman cannot become pregnant during her employment with Qatar Airways. If a woman breaks these rules and begins a relationship or becomes pregnant, she has breached her contract and is subject to termination.
These regulations are extremely sexist and problematic. A woman’s relationship status should not determine her eligibility for a job. Regardless of the occupation, women should be free to form relationships as they please without worrying about the security of their job. While most airlines do not allow pregnant flight attendants in the sky after a certain point in their pregnancy, they are often kind enough to offer ground jobs.
Qatar Airways’ employment regulations concerning women are antiquated and must be reformed. There are more important qualities that should be addressed when hiring or firing an employee than whether she is single or not.
By signing this petition below, you will be asking that the airline company revise regulations for female flight attendants regarding their relationship status. You will also be asking the CEO to provide more options for pregnant employees rather than terminate them. These women deserve to be treated fairly.
Dear Mr. Baker,
Some of your regulations regarding female flight attendants are questionable and severely sexist. Women have fought long and hard to establish justice and the policies enforced in your airline aim to attack the dignity of many deserving women.
Your policies state that a woman must be single to be hired as a flight attendant and must remain single for five years in order to retain her job. The policies also state that a woman may not become pregnant during her employment or else she is subject to termination.
While these rules may have had a place in the early to mid 1900s, as a society we have progressed far beyond these sexist views. A woman’s ability to work cannot be determined if she is in a relationship or not. By forcing female flight attendants to remain single and not pregnant, you are devaluing all other women and executing an unfair prejudice.
It is time that you change your policies. A woman’s relationship status should no longer affect their eligibility for a flight attendant position. Also, female flight attendants who become pregnant should be accommodated to ground level positions within the company. Stop these cruel, unfair, sexist policies now and take action to provide justice for all sexes within your airline.
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