Sexual harassment causes Qantas flight attendant to quit, and in this case, the flight attendant was the victim of being harassed. Hannah Rowlands worked for the airline for 6 years, and was featured in many of the airline ads and even in their safety video.
She claims she was sexually harassed by her manager, which started back in 2015 on a flight to Perth, where she was inappropriately touched and even slapped by management. She goes on to say that she isn’t the only victim and that at her airline and in the industry sexual harassment is rampant.
Per Travel Weekly,
Hannah Rowlands, who worked for the airline for six years, said she was repeatedly harassed by her on-board manager and was forced to quit after claiming the airline mishandled the situation.
Rowlands, who has appeared in many Qantas ads including their safety video, said the harassment began with the manager blowing on her neck and escalated with inappropriate comments and slaps to the backside.
In one instance, the two bumped into each other mid-flight and the manager commented “oh, for a little girl you’ve got a tight arse,” according to Rowlands.
Rowlands made a formal complaint to Qantas management but said despite promising she wouldn’t be rostered on with the manager, she was put on at least seven more flight with him.
Rowlands said she felt she had no other option but to quit and leave the aviation industry altogether.
Qantas has responded with the following:
“All employees are required to do mandatory training on our values and policies, including Standards of Conduct, and we will always address any behaviour that’s not consistent with our expectations,” the spokeswoman said.