Target: CEO of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker
Goal: Stop sexist discrimination against female employees.
Qatar Airways’ current employment contract gives the airline the right to fire female employees who become pregnant. The contract also states that the airline can fire a woman if they try to hide the pregnancy or fail to disclose it to the company.
The labor arm of the United Nations recently urged the airline to end the sexist discrimination and reminded them that it is against the law. The airline is breaching a sixty-year convention against discrimination, which the country of Qatar signed in 1956. These contracts that demand immediate firing of pregnant crew members is a blatant violation of the signed document.
Qatar Airways is not new to receiving complaints, as they have had multiple allegations of sexist behavior towards their female staff. The airline’s cabin crew is 80 percent women, yet the discrimination still exists. After the International Labour Organization investigated the airline in light of a string of complaints, they also demanded that the airline review their policy that requires female staff members to be dropped off only by men whom they are related to. The airline has defended this policy as a “cultural norm.”
The airline has faced multiple complaints, often regarding their treatment of female staff members. Despite having the majority of their crew as female, the airline still allows for sexist contracts and treatment. Support this petition to end such sexist contracts, giving the female employees a safe and equal work environment.
Dear Akbar Al Baker,
Qatar Airways has received multiple complaints spanning over several years. The majority of these complaints are regarding the sexist treatment of women. This includes only allowing female employees to be dropped off by male family members and that they sign a contract that allows the airline to fire them if they become pregnant. These contracts are a blatant disregard for the convention against discrimination that Qatar signed sixty years ago.
The majority of your employees, 80 percent, are female. You need female employees, and if you want to keep them, you must treat them properly. These contracts create a sexist environment, leaving the female employees to feel unsafe and disrespected. This needs to change immediately, and the continued use of these contracts must cease. There is no place for sexism in the workplace, and it can be changed by your actions. I urge you to cease the use of these contracts and review other Qatar Airways policies that discriminate against female employees.
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