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Qatar Airways to stop firing employees for getting pregnant

A Qatar Airways flight stewardes poses for a photo on a new Airbus. KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hard to believe that in the year 2015 Qatar Airways, in the contract it stipulates that flight attendants must sign, reserved “the right to automatically terminate your contract as a flying cabin crew member should you become pregnant.” Well, the state-run airline has decided to do away with the sexist policy along with another policy that allowed for the firing of workers who dared to get married within their first five years of employment. And just think — it only took an incident of international proportions to persuade the airline to change its antiquated ways. The United Nations intervened with a yearlong investigation, which airline officials initially pushed back against. But they’ve come around. As proof the airline’s change of heart, consider this quote from Qatar Airways senior vice president Rossen Dimitrov: “You can’t turn to someone who is 35 years old and say, ‘No, you can’t have a family, wait.’ We want to retain people.”

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