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Notice to Air India for sacking overweight air hostess

An air hostess, working with Air India and sacked for being overweight, has moved the Delhi High Court seeking her reinstatement, pleading that she breached the weight limit due to medical reasons.



New Delhi: An air hostess, working with Air
India and sacked for being overweight, has moved the Delhi
High Court seeking her reinstatement, pleading that she
breached the weight limit due to medical reasons.

On Salome Singsit`s plea, Justice SK Mishra sought the
stand of National Aviation Corporation of India Ltd, the
parent company of her employer firm Airlines Allied Services
Ltd (AASL) which is a subsidiary of Air India.

Issuing a notice to NACIL, the single-judge bench asked
it to explain by September 19 why the air hostess` contractual
employment was not renewed last December when it expired.

Moving the court on behalf of Singsit, her counsel
Ashwarya Sinha pleaded for its direction for quashing AASL`s
notice which was issued to his client on December 27, 2010,
seeking her explanation as to why she should not be sacked for
breaching the weight limit.

Singsit also pleaded to the court to direct her employer
to renew her contractual employment which expired on December
31, 2010.

Sinha said Singsit had joined the service on contract
basis in 1996 with the provision of its renewal every three
years.

While serving the airlines, his client faced various
forms of extreme medical complications in the last four years,
said Sinha adding the management too had been aware of her
medical condition all along.

"The petitioner had suffered three abortions, a breast
surgery and a uterus surgery in the last four years and was
strictly advised not to undertake any physical activity," said
Sinha in the petition, adding that due to strong medication
prescribed by the doctors she was not able to maintain the
weight within the permissible limit.

"It was a result of the constant medication and hormonal
imbalance that led to the increase in her weight," the lawyer
said.

PTI

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