Russian court rules against Aeroflot over female crew size demands

Aeroflot flight attendant Yevgeniya Magurina shows her uniform during an interview with the Associated Press in Lobnya, outside Moscow, on August 3, 2017. A Moscow court has ruled in favor of Magurina who claimed that Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot discriminated against her based on appearance.. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Updated 06 September 2017
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Russian court rules against Aeroflot over female crew size demands

MOSCOW: A Russian court ruled Wednesday that the flagship carrier Aeroflot could not enforce demands over body sizes for female flight attendants, siding with two attendants who had filed a discrimination case against the airline.
The Moscow City Court said a rule specifying that female crew members should wear uniforms only up to size 48 could “not be applied” and ordered the company to pay token damages.
The two attendants, Yevgeniya Magurina and Irina Yerusalimskaya, sued the airline for alleged discrimination after they claimed they were shifted from long-distance to domestic routes because of their size.
The court awarded each of the women compensation for lost wages and 5,000 rubles ($87, 73 euros) in moral damages.
It did not rule explicitly however that Aeroflot was guilty of discrimination, leading the company to say it was “satisfied” by the ruling.
“The court objectively established that there was no discriminatory element in the actions of Aeroflot,” the company told the TASS news agency.
“The company does not infringe on the rights of workers due to age, gender, race or any other characteristic.”
The airline said it would make a decision on changing its internal guidelines after studying the court’s ruling, TASS said.
The ruling came after local courts initially rejected the complaints from the flight attendants.


El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

Evelyn Hernandez (C) is surrounded by activists after being released from the women's Readaptation Center, in Ilopango, El Salvador, on February 9, 2019, where she was serving a 30-year-sentence for aggravated homicide after her baby died at birth. (AFP)
Updated 16 February 2019
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El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

  • Even women who abort due to birth defects or health complications risk jail sentences of up to 40 years in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR: A Salvadoran court on Friday freed Evelyn Hernandez, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby at home.
After serving 33 months for aggravated homicide, 20-year-old Hernandez smiled as she was reunited with her parents and a brother in the capital San Salvador.
The court in Cojutepeque, east of the capital, ruled that she will be retried but while living at home. A hearing has been set for April 4, with a new judge, her lawyer Angelica Rivas said.
El Salvador has an extremely strict abortion ban. Hernandez gave birth in the makeshift bathroom of her home in the central Cuscatlan region. She was 18 years old and eight months pregnant.
She said her son was stillborn but was convicted of murdering him, abortion rights group ACDATEE said.
ACDATEE cited a pathologist’s report which it said indicated the baby had choked to death while still in the womb.
Prosecutors argued Hernandez was culpable for not having sought prenatal care, ACDATEE said.
The group said Hernandez had not known she was pregnant and gave birth on the toilet after feeling abdominal pains. She got pregnant as the result of a rape, which she did not report out of fear because her family had been threatened.
Even women who abort due to birth defects or health complications risk jail sentences of up to 40 years in El Salvador. Campaigners say some have been jailed after suffering miscarriages.
The country’s abortion law made international headlines in 2013 when a sick woman was forbidden from aborting a fetus which developed without a brain.
Under a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Salvadoran state eventually authorized her to undergo a cesarean section. The baby died shortly after the procedure.