New Delhi, May 21: Air India on Tuesday suspended a senior pilot accused of sexual harassment. The decision to suspend the pilot was taken almost 10 days after a woman pilot complained against the senior captain. The Regional Director, Northern Region released letter of suspension on Monday. The national carrier barred him from entering its premises without written permission. Air India Issues Circular to Staff, Warns ‘Sexual Harassment Against Women Would Not Be Tolerated’.
According to the letter, he will not be allowed to leave the station (Delhi) without prior permission of the Regional Director and also asked not to engage in any employment or a vocation. The pilot is also barred from holding the ID card. The accused will also not be eligible for any wages except the subsistence allowance. Meanwhile, the decision to terminate the pilot will be taken only after the final report.
The woman pilot in her complaint mentioned how the accused captain allegedly asked her "inappropriate" questions, said spokesperson, Air India. The woman in her complaint had said, “The instructor reportedly suggested the two to have dinner at a city restaurant in Hyderabad on May 5 after the training session was over. I agreed as I had done a few flights with him and he seemed decent. We went to a restaurant at around 8 pm and this is where my ordeal started.” After the incident, the national carrier also issued a circular to employees terming that sexual harassment against women would not be tolerated at the workplace.