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China Southern Airlines says decision to suspend former homosexual flight attendant from flying aims at "protecting" him

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27 July 2020

China Southern Airlines says decision to suspend former homosexual flight attendant from flying aims at "protecting" him

Author: LGBT Rights Advocacy China

[Excerpt translation from Chinese to English provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]

"China Southern Airlines flight attendant's arbitration case opens today, company says suspension from flight is for attendant's own good", 21 July 2020

Triggering heated debate after his private information was uploaded to the social media by a third party, former flight attendant of China Southern Airlines Li Cheng-Kai (Pseudonym) was suspended by the company from flying for 6 months and did not get his contract renewed after it had expired. Li later filed a labour arbitration case. The case was heard on 21 July at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Labor and Personnel Dispute Arbitration Commission. The representatives of China Southern Airlines and their attorneys said that the decision to suspend Li from flying was not a form of punishment, but rather a “reasonable” work arrangement aimed at “protecting” him.  

Zhong Xia-Lu, the attorney representing the plaintiff, believed that this statement was invalid. Firstly, after announcing the decision to suspend Li from flying, according to China Southern Airlines’ internal software for flying crews, the working status of Li was shown to be “suspended” and remarked with “Penalty” and as such, suspension from flying was obviously a punishment instead of a work arrangement. Secondly, if China Southern Airlines was of the view that the mental state of the plaintiff rendered him “unsuitable” for discharging his duties, he should be appraised by an aviation doctor or assessed by the relevant departments. In fact, Li had obtained a health certificate for civil aviation cabin crew in November 2019 and the assessment results showed that the mental state of the plaintiff was satisfactory for him to perform his duties. Meanwhile, the plaintiff had also passed the internal safety training assessment of China Southern Airlines, showing that he could guarantee the safety of the cabin…

The representative of China Southern Airlines said that Li violated its internal labour regulations, 10 prohibitions of China Southern Airlines and the negative behaviour list. The 10 prohibitions prohibit staff members from using negative words and engaging in negative behaviour that would damage China Southern Airlines’ image; however, it was not the plaintiff who disclosed Li’s homosexuality and work unit and slandered the his actions in malicious interception of videos…

… the arbitrator asked the representatives of China Southern Airlines whether the plaintiff’s behaviour had caused any losses to the company and what those losses were, but the company representatives did not respond directly…  

China Southern Airlines claimed in its Social Responsibility Report 2019 that it “actively complies with international conventions on labor and human rights and advocates equal and non-discriminatory employment policies”…

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Author: LGBT權促會

"南航空少勞動仲裁案今日開庭,南航稱停飛是“為你好”", 2020年7月27日

因為個人隱私被第三方上傳至社交媒體引發熱議,南方航空公司(以下簡稱“南航”)前乘務員李誠凱(化名)被其公司停飛長達6個月,並在合同到期後拒絕與其續約。隨後,李誠凱提起勞動仲裁。 7月21日,本案在深圳證市勞動人事爭議仲裁委員會開庭。在庭上,南航代表及其代理律師稱,對於李誠凱的停飛決定並非懲罰,而是為了“保護”他,是一種“合理”的工作安排…

對此,當事人代理律師鐘夏露律師認為,該說法並不成立。首先在停飛決定發出後,南航內部在針對空乘人員的內部軟件裡,當事人李誠凱的工作狀態顯示為“停飛”並且標註“Penalty”(處罰),所以停飛是一種明確的對於當事人的處罰而不是工作安排。其次,如果南航認為當事人的精神心理狀態“不適合”履行工作,根據相關規定也應該安排航醫對其進行鑑定或者相關部門對其進行考核。但當事人李誠凱已經於2019年11月取得了民用航空空勤人員健康證,其中有一項就是關於精神狀況的鑑定,鑑定結果顯示當事人的精神狀況是完全可以正常履行工作的;與此同時,在南航組織的內部安全培訓考核中當事人也順利通過,可以保證客艙安全…

另外南航代表還稱,當事人違反了其內部勞動規章制度及南航空乘10條禁令以及負面行為清單。首先。 10條禁令的內容為禁止員工在網絡上有損南航形象的負面言行,而暴露當事人同性戀性取向及其工作單位,並對當事人行為惡意截取視頻進行詆毀的並非當事人一方…

… 仲裁員也當面向南航代表詢問是否是當事人的行為對南航造成了損失,具體的損失是什麼,但南航代表並未直接回應…

南航在…其《2019南航社會責任報告》中聲明其“積極遵守有關勞工和人權的國際公約,倡導平等和非歧視的用工政策”…

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Author: LGBT权促会

"南航空少劳动仲裁案今日开庭,南航称停飞是“为你好”", 2020年7月27日

因为个人隐私被第三方上传至社交媒体引发热议,南方航空公司(以下简称“南航”)前乘务员李诚凯(化名)被其公司停飞长达6个月,并在合同到期后拒绝与其续约。随后,李诚凯提起劳动仲裁。7月21日,本案在深圳证市劳动人事争议仲裁委员会开庭。在庭上,南航代表及其代理律师称,对于李诚凯的停飞决定并非惩罚,而是为了“保护”他,是一种“合理”的工作安排…

对此,当事人代理律师钟夏露律师认为,该说法并不成立。首先在停飞决定发出后,南航内部在针对空乘人员的内部软件里,当事人李诚凯的工作状态显示为“停飞”并且标注“Penalty”(处罚),所以停飞是一种明确的对于当事人的处罚而不是工作安排。其次,如果南航认为当事人的精神心理状态“不适合”履行工作,根据相关规定也应该安排航医对其进行鉴定或者相关部门对其进行考核。但当事人李诚凯已经于2019年11月取得了民用航空空勤人员健康证,其中有一项就是关于精神状况的鉴定,鉴定结果显示当事人的精神状况是完全可以正常履行工作的;与此同时,在南航组织的内部安全培训考核中当事人也顺利通过,可以保证客舱安全…

另外南航代表还称,当事人违反了其内部劳动规章制度及南航空乘10条禁令以及负面行为清单。首先。10条禁令的内容为禁止员工在网络上有损南航形象的负面言行,而暴露当事人同性恋性取向及其工作单位,并对当事人行为恶意截取视频进行诋毁的并非当事人一方…

 … 仲裁员也当面向南航代表询问是否是当事人的行为对南航造成了损失,具体的损失是什么,但南航代表并未直接回应…

南航在…其《2019南航社会责任报告》中声明其“积极遵守有关劳工和人权的国际公约,倡导平等和非歧视的用工政策”…

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