Business between pilots of British Airways and cabin crew continues all the time, the airline manager admits
Business between pilots of British Airways and cabin crews continues all the time, the aviation manager admits to the tribunal where the gay steward tried to sue for discrimination after ‘he was approached by a superior at Grindr’
- BA customer relations boss Joanne Hale said that employee relations happen ‘a lot’
- Polish former crew member Bartek Wytryszczewski claimed he was ‘forced out’
- He said he was discriminated against because of his sexuality and nationality
- His claim was denied by a judge who had raised concerns about safety
Sexual affairs between British Airways pilots, flight attendants and flight attendants continue all the time, one of the airline’s managers has admitted.
Customer relationship manager Joanne Hale told a discrimination tribunal that there were ‘many relationships’ between the airline staff.
The tribunal was held in Watford, Hertfordshire, after a gay flight attendant complained that one of his male superiors had contacted him through the dating app Grindr.
After Bartek Wytryszczewski, a former cabin crew member of British Airways, a labor court was held. Customer relations boss Joanne Hale said there were “many relationships” between the airline’s staff
Bartek Wytryszczewski, from Poland, took legal action against British Airways (BA) after his discharge, claiming that he had been ‘forced’ as a cabin crew member and was discriminated against because of his sexuality, nationality and because he had raised security concerns.
Mr. Wytryszczewski said that during a four-day overseas working trip between December 31, 2017 and January 3, 2018, a superior (Mr. X) acted “ improperly ” when he contacted him through the dating app Grindr to tell him that he was was on New Years Eve.
The pair had a brief chat through the app in the early morning hours, and Mr. Wytryszczewski sent Mr. X “grinning emojis” and “spoke x tomorrow.”
The cabin crew member also complained that while he was traveling and on an escalator with Mr. X and a female BA employee, Mr. X said he would “not go to the gym, but have sex instead.”
The tribunal heard that Mr. Wytryszczewski did not offend these issues until he was verbally convicted by Mr. X days after a dispute over a seven-year-old passenger.
Flight attendant problems continued to mount and in an email Ms. Hale said, “Bartek is not responding well to managers who disagree with everything he says.
“He manipulates situations to reflect the outcome of his choice. I am concerned about Bartek and his ability to perform the safety aspects of the cabin crew role.
“Bartek does not respond well to situations that are not in his favor or control.”
It peaked in March 2018, eight months after Mr. Wytryszczewski started working for BA when he asked for extra paid leave and, in repeated emails copying in CEO Álex Cruz, threatened to leave if he didn’t received.
Mr. Wytryszczewski left his job at British Airways in March 2018, just eight months after taking off
Karen Slinger, head of the customer service department, was also approached by the disgruntled employee.
Ann Pilgrim, BA Area Manager, sent him an email: “I believe the way and way you approach this situation is now completely inappropriate and I need this constant contact and the intimidation to Karen and Alex to stop.’
Shortly after starting the job in Heathrow, Mr. Wytryszczewski repeatedly raised concerns, later claiming that he was being “disadvantaged” for whistleblowing.
Judge Hyams dismissed allegations made by former cabin crew members and criticized him for claiming that Mr. X only insulted him after he was told.
He said: “We concluded that at no point did the claimant say to Mr X or indicate in any way that Mr X’s attention was undesirable before Mr X gave immediate feedback to the claimant.
“Mr. X’s attention to the plaintiff was not intended to violate the plaintiff’s dignity or to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, humiliating or abusive environment for him.”