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WestJet shareholders reject call to replace CEO over handling of sex assault investigation

'The company sets the tone and we believe that this issue goes right to the top,' activist says

Tue May 03, 2016 - CBC News
By Scott Dippel, Robson Fletcher

WestJet shareholders rejected a request today to remove president and CEO Gregg Saretsky over the way the airline is handling allegations of sexual assault in the workplace.

The call for the board of directors to replace Saretsky came during the company's annual general meeting in Calgary.

Emma Pullman, with the activist group Sum of Us, said the CEO needs to be held accountable for the company's investigation of a flight attendant's complaint that she was sexually assaulted by a pilot while they were in Hawaii.

"The company sets the tone and we believe that this issue goes right to the top," Pullman said.

"Mr. Saretsky enabled a work environment where allegations of sexual assault were not adequately investigated. It's not just the issue of one bad egg."

Shareholders voted against removing Saretsky, who defended the way the company has responded to the allegations.

He noted WestJet has hired Ernst & Young to review the company's policies and how it handled the alleged assault in Hawaii.

"It hasn't been confirmed and we're reviewing whether or not we have the right policies and procedures, and we'll wait for EY to tell us what was great and what can be better or best in class," Saretsky said.

That report will be finished within a couple of months, he added, and the company will make it public.

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The headline should read; 'The Sum of Us' Attend WJ Shareholder With Their Single Share of WJ Stock In Hand and Provide a Classic Demonstration in Political Correctness Gone Amuck'.  

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On April 22, 2016 at 5:37 PM, Malcolm said:

And the bad press just will not stop:

Man facing fraud charges in WestJet travel credit investigation

 

by Ian Campbell

Posted Apr 22, 2016 3:17 pm MDT

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A WestJet employee is facing fraud charges, following a joint investigation between the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and WestJet Corporate Security.

Forty-three-year-old Terance Gough is accused of inappropriately issuing over $250 thousand worth of travel credits, which were being bought and sold by a third-party.

Mike Tucker, spokesperson for ALERT, says so far, Gough is the only one charged.

“But, the aspects of just how he was conducting business, and trading and selling these travel credits is still under review,” Tucker said, adding that those who bought credits could also face charges. “Theoretically, if they knew it was stolen, these travel credits that they were acquiring criminal charges certainly could be warranted.”

Gough is facing one count of fraud, and another of theft over $5,000. No WestJet customers were affected.

What  has this to do with sexual assault????  Should be in a new thread.

 

seems like a lets dump on Westjet thread    

 

am disappointed on how this forum is leaning maybe time to pack it  from this forum

 

not cool  not cool not cool

 

 

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1 hour ago, manwest said:

What  has this to do with sexual assault????  Should be in a new thread.

seems like a lets dump on Westjet thread    

am disappointed on how this forum is leaning maybe time to pack it  from this forum

 

 

It has nothing to do with the assault but it is about Westjet and your statement about starting a new thread makes no sense.  So we'd have 2 threads with something negative about Westjet instead of one and what would you say then; I'm going to stop coming here because there's too many negative threads about Westjet instead of saying this one thread is too long!

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39 minutes ago, CanadaEH said:

Nothing new here manwest. 

 

Ohh, boohoo.  You post comments crowing about Westjet beating AC in RPMs vs CASM yield and we're supposed to suck it up while news stories about Westjet should get a pass so we don't hurt your feelings?

 

P.S.  I know "RPMs vs CASM yield" isn't really a thing.

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4 hours ago, seeker said:

Ohh, boohoo.  You post comments crowing about Westjet beating AC in RPMs vs CASM yield and we're supposed to suck it up while news stories about Westjet should get a pass so we don't hurt your feelings?

 

P.S.  I know "RPMs vs CASM yield" isn't really a thing.

:lol: I was crowing? Ok then!

Isn't the jab supposed to be PRASM vs. RASM vs. CASM? 

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On 5/3/2016 at 8:47 PM, Lakelad said:

WestJet shareholders reject call to replace CEO over handling of sex assault investigation

Shareholders voted against removing Saretsky, who defended the way the company has responded to the allegations.

He noted WestJet has hired Ernst & Young to review the company's policies and how it handled the alleged assault in Hawaii.

"It hasn't been confirmed and we're reviewing whether or not we have the right policies and procedures, and we'll wait for EY to tell us what was great and what can be better or best in class," Saretsky said.

That report will be finished within a couple of months, he added, and the company will make it public.

Excerpt from Ernst and Young report released today:

While a RITW (Respect in the Workplace)  policy is in place, there is no formal introduction of the policy or training done during on-boarding. The only reference made to the RITW policy is through the Code of Business Conduct (CBC).

  • After initial on-boarding, there is no regular program to reinforce or update RITW expectations.
  • Staff employed in supervisor, management and people relations roles with responsibilities for dealing with RITW issues do not receive formal training on individual roles and responsibilities.
  • There is a high degree of discretion at WestJet as to how RITW policy and breaches are administered.
  • There are inconsistent approaches and lack of a coordinated, centralized process to manage RITW issues.
  • Individual and management approaches to RITW policy deviations may vary resulting in issues not being adequately addressed.
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On August 18, 2016 at 0:05 PM, Airband said:

Excerpt from Ernst and Young report released today:

While a RITW (Respect in the Workplace)  policy is in place, there is no formal introduction of the policy or training done during on-boarding. The only reference made to the RITW policy is through the Code of Business Conduct (CBC).

  • After initial on-boarding, there is no regular program to reinforce or update RITW expectations.
  • Staff employed in supervisor, management and people relations roles with responsibilities for dealing with RITW issues do not receive formal training on individual roles and responsibilities.
  • There is a high degree of discretion at WestJet as to how RITW policy and breaches are administered.
  • There are inconsistent approaches and lack of a coordinated, centralized process to manage RITW issues.
  • Individual and management approaches to RITW policy deviations may vary resulting in issues not being adequately addressed.

Funny how EVP tied to this mess departs weeks before this release following previous VP Inflight / Director People. How far up the food chain will this go? Or have enough Sacrificial lambs been  offered? I know there are others at WS still worried their names will be dragged in.

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On March 13, 2016 at 10:58 AM, better4me said:

Oh good,WestJet called in their lap dog professional services firm. 

The final report on the investigation conducted by WS will be expensive and will vindicate the company. It will be expensive because EY will bring in their most respected Forensic and HR Investigations partners from around the globe. These partners come with impressive CV but can be sold for the right expensive price. 

The report doesn't look like a pro-company whitewashing to me.

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2 hours ago, J.O. said:

The report doesn't look like a pro-company whitewashing to me.

I respectfully disagree, however seeing as the report is about performance management, HR management, and corporate governance rather than core aviation issues; for most people on this forum they will not be able to spot the white wash. Likewise, the general public would not be able to spot white wash with an aviation accident report. 

In this EY report, the biggest area of white wash is in recommendation #4 "Formalize data capture and document management processes". Of all five recommendations, this one would have the most impact at mitigating and resolving Respect in the Workplace Issues ("RITW"). In fact, not implementing recommendations 1-3 and only focusing efforts (time and money) on recommendation 4 would have better impact. However the Press Release and the summary EY report spent most of the time on recommendations 1-3. 

The problem with highlighting recommendation #4 is that it also the basis for the initial complainant that a similar RITW complaint had occurred against the same pilot and yet the People department did not appear to connect the issues. 

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It's amazing to see how complicated and costly the management of employees, especially as it relates to the dynamics of social interaction and behaviour between adults on their own time, has become. It's all quite a ridiculous waste of resources imho.

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Back in the day, interaction between the Cabin and flight deck crews on an overnight was the expected norm.  Not saying that was right but it def. did happen on a more that infrequent basis. Of course that was when the FAs were single women who thought a pilot would make a good husband, and indeed some of them were correct in their assessment. :D

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WestJet appeals lost bid to throw out harassment lawsuit by former flight attendant

Thu Jan 18, 2018 - The Canadian Press
Darryl Dyck

WestJet has filed an appeal after the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.

The airline argues Justice Mary Humphries was wrong to have dismissed the company's application to strike the legal action, repeating its argument that the dispute belongs before a human rights tribunal and workers' compensation board.

A court document filed last week by WestJet also says the two-year deadline has passed to file a claim and argues the original lawsuit should be put on hold until an appeal is resolved.

Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination, accusing her former employer of breaking its promise to provide a harassment-free workplace for women.

Lewis has not filed a response to the notice of appeal.

None of the allegations made in the lawsuit have been proven in court.

The lawsuit proposes to represent all of WestJet's past and current female flight attendants whose employment included a so-called anti-harassment promise, but it has yet to be approved as a class action.

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Isn't the claim being advanced a matter that falls within the CLRB's jurisdiction?

Regardless, the Lewis gal is exactly the kind of creature whose antics poisons the public mind and causes everyone to look the other way when a victim of genuine abuse attempts to present a legitimate claim.

 

 

 

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