A major airliner is facing a lawsuit after a former flight attendant claims she was sexually assaulted by a pilot and the company failed to investigate.
The Vancouver woman claims the incident happened on a layover in Hawaii in January 2010 when a WestJet pilot sexually assaulted her.
Civil documents allege WestJet failed to adequately investigate her claims.
She adds that she spoke to another flight attendant who reported being victimized by the same pilot two years earlier, alleging “WestJet knew at least by 2008 that the pilot was a danger to employees”.
She adds she was later fired by the company in “retaliation” after she e-mailed the company and expressed her frustration.
WestJet has yet to file a statement of defence in the case, and none of the claims have been proven in court.
“WestJet does not comment on ongoing legal proceedings but confirms it will file a statement of defense in which it will vigorously defend the allegations contained in the claim. WestJet further confirms its commitment to maintaining a safe and harassment free environment for its employees and guests and takes its obligations in this respect with the utmost seriousness.”