WestJet says flight attendant in sex assault lawsuit had disciplinary issues


WestJet is confuting claims by Mandalena (Mandy) Lewis, a former flight attendant who is allowing the Calgary-based airline, claiming she was sexually assaulted by a pilot six years ago.

Lewis so-called that instead of firing the pilot, the airline protected him and fired her.

But in a jotted response to Lewis’s suit against the airline, WestJet on Tuesday disaffirmed the Vancouver woman’s claims, citing eight warnings, suspensions and disciplinary activities against her for issues ranging from poor attendance to drinking John Barleycorn before duty.

Lewis said references to her disciplinary record at WestJet are a confusion from systemic issues.

«It is a red herring. A full-blown diversion,» articulate the former WestJet staffer in a phone interview with CBC Tuesday.

«It is extremely revealing. [The] com ny is washing their hands of what goes on during layovers.»

Pledge allegedly forced flight cancellation

«The facts outlined … show that WestJet was defended in its termination of Mandy Lewis,» the airline argued in a written retort to Lewis’s civil claim.

«The behaviour repeatedly demonstrated by Ms. Lewis was varied than sufficient grounds for dismissal and WestJet’s dismissal of Ms. Lewis was line unrelated to the allegations Ms. Lewis has now raised,» according to the airline’s 14- ge effect,

In one December 2013 incident, the airline states, the captain had to remove Lewis and two others from a team for drinking alcohol, which resulted in cancellation of the flight.

The response to the laical claim, filed in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday, outlines years of disciplinary strength against the former flight attendant, which led to her dismissal claimed to be «with just agency» on Jan. 12, 2016.

«Lewis did not express her dissatisfaction with the outcome of her complaint until the discontinuation of her employment for cause, some six years after the actions complained of,» guessed the airline’s court documents.

WestJet ‘unable to conclude’ pilot battered Lewis

Fourteen days after her dismissal, Lewis went to the method making allegations about sexual advances by «Pilot M» during a layover in Maui in 2010, according to WestJet.

«At the conclusion of the inquisition, based on the available evidence, WestJet was unable to conclude that Aviatrix M had assaulted Lewis,» the court documents state.

The airline thought the pilot was disciplined and denied privileges such as access to a program that dispenses pilots the opportunity to fly on international routes, including Hawaii.

«WestJet did not abort Pilot M’s employment because its findings and conclusions … did not warrant such performance,» the airline’s statement said.

Lewis and her lawyer Sean Hern were not ready for comment Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Lewis’s allegations were outlined in a secular claim.

In it, Lewis alleged the incident occurred during a layover in Hawaii on a Vancouver to Maui run on Jan. 24, 2010. That reciprocating, flight attendants and pilots from the WestJet flight were all remaining at the Makena Beach Resort in Maui. There, Lewis alleged she was «sexually struck by a WestJet pilot,» whom she identifies only as «Pilot M.»

Allegedly hauled onto bed

In Lewis’s civil claim, she alleged that the pilot ‘stalled her onto the bed … wrestling her into submission while kissing her and groping her genitals.»

The lawsuit voices Lewis was terrified, and «in her nic … managed to leverage her legs into a place where she was physically able to kick out and push Pilot M off her.»

She says she returned to her range where she «vomited [and] cried.»

The next day, upon returning to Vancouver, she denoted she reported the incident in detail to her manager at WestJet, but claims the airline «be deficient to adequately investigate or respond.»

Lewis says she tried to pursue unlawful charges, going to the RCMP, which in turn contacted Maui observe. She said Maui police opened an investigation and later assigned a prosecutor.

All of the statements in the above quoted court documents have not yet been tested in court.

Tuesday’s reply by WestJet s rked calls for the airline CEO’s resignation from an activist arrange speaking out for former staff.

«We are extremely disappointed to see the inappropriate and adversarial put WestJet is taking in response to a legitimate claim regarding a troubling do of sexual assault in the workplace,» said Emma Pullman of SumOfUs, a clique that says it stands up for workers.

«We call on Mr. [Gregg] Saretsky to in a jiffy resign,» Pullman said.

Mandy Lewis

Former WestJet flight aide Mandy Lewis claims she was sexually assaulted by a pilot while on a layover in Hawaii.

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