Emirates withdraws job offer to Somerset woman 'because of depression history'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Megan Cox says she feels discriminated by Emirates Airline. Photo: Facebook. Megan Cox says she feels discriminated by Emirates Airline. Photo: Facebook.

A WOMAN who claims she had her dream job offer withdrawn by a leading airline because she suffered from depression has vowed to bounce back stronger.

Megan Cox, 22, thought she had landed a position with Emirates after being offered an air hostess role following a rigorous interview process.

But she received an email from the firm this week saying the offer had been withdrawn in light of her medical report, which showed she suffered from depression in 2012.

Megan feels she has been discriminated and has started a Facebook page to highlight her case.

She wrote: “It's heartbreaking losing your dream job for being a human being but good riddance Emirates.

“I'm a human being, who has been through hell and back during certain times of my life. I've come from so little and I still feel like the luckiest girl alive.

“This will not bring me down but just make me even stronger.”

Megan, from Bridgwater, attended an open day in April and was offered the job as a cabin crew member just a week later.

She turned down other positions and given a start date of seven weeks, before being asked to complete a medical and provide medical records.

Megan said: “I was faced with horrific circumstances which gave me depression for two months in 2012. Due to this, Emirates required a full report.

“For the past few weeks, I waited and waited for their reply. My life was in their hands while I sat nervously waiting for an answer.”

“Last week I received one paragraph stating that my contract has been withdrawn due to this reason; one tiny paragraph.

“I was hysterical and wanted to scream.”

According to other reports, an email from Emirates said Megan had "not met the pre-conditions set out in the offer of employment."

A spokesman for the airline said: "Emirates has a clear and fair recruitment process and is an equal opportunity employer.

"The cabin crew environment is both physically and mentally demanding with crew regularly experiencing body clock changes and irregular sleeping patterns, which can take a toll on the body.

"Given our crew are responsible for the safety of hundreds of passengers it is important that all candidates meet the pre-employment conditions.  

"Last year Emirates received over 17,000 cabin crew applications in the UK alone. All applications are reviewed closely by our trained cabin crew recruitment team to ensure suitability for this extremely demanding role.

"Emirates currently has over 18,000 cabin crew working for the airline and takes the health and welfare of its employees extremely seriously.

"Emirates is sorry for Ms Cox's disappointment in not receiving the role, a refund of her pre-employment related medical expenses will be made. We wish Ms Cox all the best for her future endeavours."

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7:23pm Fri 23 May 14

Welly View says...

SCG - please add a link to Megan's Facebook page
SCG - please add a link to Megan's Facebook page Welly View
  • Score: -15

3:05am Sat 24 May 14

Three Pots Derek says...

Well Megan I think what Emirates did was poor but I think it will be to their loss. All the very best of luck in anything you do, I'm sure you will do better than Emirates.

Good Luck in the future.
Well Megan I think what Emirates did was poor but I think it will be to their loss. All the very best of luck in anything you do, I'm sure you will do better than Emirates. Good Luck in the future. Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 2

10:13am Sat 24 May 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Its not so much about the illness, more about the time off or likely risk of further time off. A business doesn't owe you a living and no matter what size they are they have to consider their investment in you. If there is a toss up between someone who has had no sick leave over the past few years and someone who has then on a risk basis then it goes to the one who has had none. I am sure once someone works for them for a bit their sick policy helps and supports their employees and rewards their service, loyalty and commitment accordingly. Sounds harsh, but that's the way it is....unless government subsidies full sick pay but that isn't going to happen is it? Or perhaps the new employee could forgo sickpay for the first year??
Its not so much about the illness, more about the time off or likely risk of further time off. A business doesn't owe you a living and no matter what size they are they have to consider their investment in you. If there is a toss up between someone who has had no sick leave over the past few years and someone who has then on a risk basis then it goes to the one who has had none. I am sure once someone works for them for a bit their sick policy helps and supports their employees and rewards their service, loyalty and commitment accordingly. Sounds harsh, but that's the way it is....unless government subsidies full sick pay but that isn't going to happen is it? Or perhaps the new employee could forgo sickpay for the first year?? TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 13

2:10pm Sat 24 May 14

rich1973 says...

Totally out of order everyone suffers frm Depression at sometime in there Life and a few Do need meds to help them for it and to get penilsed for that is wrong.Stick ur chest out and hold ur head High meg cus you have nothing to be ashamed off.
Totally out of order everyone suffers frm Depression at sometime in there Life and a few Do need meds to help them for it and to get penilsed for that is wrong.Stick ur chest out and hold ur head High meg cus you have nothing to be ashamed off. rich1973
  • Score: -3

6:09pm Sat 24 May 14

jellyonaplate says...

Depression can't be helped
but people can help depression
Depression can't be helped but people can help depression jellyonaplate
  • Score: 5

12:28pm Mon 26 May 14

QuillPen says...

Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. I have been taking medication for it for 9 years and I'm fine as long as I keep taking it. It balances the chemicals in my brain, no different from diabetics taking insulin to adjust the balance in their bodies. I function perfectly normally with the medication.

Depression is an illness the same as any other illness. We don't choose to have it any more than people choose to have cancer. It can be triggered by something, in my case a serious physical illness, or it can come out of the blue.

I Have Depression and Am Not Ashamed of it.
We need to announce that to the world.
Loudly.
Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. I have been taking medication for it for 9 years and I'm fine as long as I keep taking it. It balances the chemicals in my brain, no different from diabetics taking insulin to adjust the balance in their bodies. I function perfectly normally with the medication. Depression is an illness the same as any other illness. We don't choose to have it any more than people choose to have cancer. It can be triggered by something, in my case a serious physical illness, or it can come out of the blue. I Have Depression and Am Not Ashamed of it. We need to announce that to the world. Loudly. QuillPen
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Mon 26 May 14

QuillPen says...

To whoever gave me negative score - tough, I am not ashamed and I never will be, whatever other people think. I can only hope you never experience it yourself.
To whoever gave me negative score - tough, I am not ashamed and I never will be, whatever other people think. I can only hope you never experience it yourself. QuillPen
  • Score: -6

10:17am Wed 28 May 14

*Flick* says...

I do feel very sorry for the girl in the article, but many companies have this policy - mainly due to the risk or the person taking time off long term and also due to the jobs being physically and emotionally demanding, they do not want to cause the person to suffer from these issues again. As much as i disagree with the descrimination, I can also see where an employer is coming from, and it would've been highlighted (although possibly in small print) at some point during the application process, that the offer was subject to certain terms.
I am sure that the young lady will find similar employment with a different company, and wish her all the best.
I do feel very sorry for the girl in the article, but many companies have this policy - mainly due to the risk or the person taking time off long term and also due to the jobs being physically and emotionally demanding, they do not want to cause the person to suffer from these issues again. As much as i disagree with the descrimination, I can also see where an employer is coming from, and it would've been highlighted (although possibly in small print) at some point during the application process, that the offer was subject to certain terms. I am sure that the young lady will find similar employment with a different company, and wish her all the best. *Flick*
  • Score: 5

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