A court has ruled that Russian airline Aeroflot cannot tell staff what size clothing to wear after a stewardess complained she had been taken off international routes because she did not fit into the regulation-size uniform. Silvia Antonioli reports
This might look like a glamorous job but it certainly comes with its challanges. When a few extra pounds resulted in a pay cut this Aeroflot stewardess decided to take her employer to court A Russian judge ruled that the Russian airline cannot tell staff what size clothing to wear after the flight attendant complained she had been taken off international routes because she did not fit into the regulation-size uniform. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) AEROFLOT STEWARDESS, YEVGENIA MAGURINA, SAYING: "Thank God we have solved this issue inside our country. We were ready to go further and of course that would have been a shame for Russia." The stewardess said she had been downgraded to lower paying domestic flights because she didn't fit in Aeroflot's maximum uniform size of 48. That's a size 12 in the U.S. and the appeal court overturned a previous order by telling Aeroflot to pay Magurina her previous salary plus some 87-dollars in compensation for moral suffering. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) AEROFLOT STEWARDESS, IRINA IYERUSALIMSKAYA, SAYING: "I have worked for 27 years and continue to work. And I'm sure that the size of clothing cannot reflect professional qualities - it contradicts common sense. One should be a professional and looks are secondary." Magurina's victory was only partial though as Aeroflot's actions were not ruled to be discriminatory For the flight attendant and her colleagues a step in the right direction nonetheless.