BA branded ageist by retired stewardess

British
Airways (BA) has been labelled ageist by a stewardess forced to retire after
reaching the age of 55.

Deanna-Maria
Williams is challenging the airline’s policy, along with 300 former cabin crew
colleagues in test cases before a tribunal.

Yesterday,
she protested at the airline’s annual shareholders’ meeting in London and
demanded BA stewardesses be allowed to work until they are 60 or 65.

According
to the Evening Standard, BA said it will would consider extending the
retirement age limit when new EU legislation outlawing age discrimination comes
into force in 2006.

By Quentin Reade

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