Gender Equality in Employment: An Overview of the Gender Discrimination Practices on Female Cabin Crew in Malaysia
Even though general principles of equality in employment are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution and Article 11 of the CEDAW, gender injustice and discrimination against women still persist in the employment sector with no exception in the aviation industry. It is of common knowledge that there are prevalent discrimination practices against female cabin crew members in airlines companies throughout the world ranging from issues of retirement age, marriage, pregnancy, weight policy, promotion and physical appearance. This paper provides an overview on the gender discrimination practices on female cabin crew in Malaysia particularly in the national flag carrier, the Malaysian Airline System (MAS). This paper analyses the forms and nature of discriminatory practices rife in the airline, how serious it is in comparison with other airlines, national and transnational, and it also examines the adequacy of current legal provisions and its implementation to foil such gender discrimination practices. Consequentially it will highlight a few recommendations to be adopted by MAS and the relevant authorities to eliminate gender disparity particularly against flight attendant.
Keywords: Gender, Employment, Discrimination
Junaidah Abd Karim
Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing
Bachelor of Laws with Honours Degree from the University of Kent at
Canterbury, UK and a Master of Laws Degree from the Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia. Her area of specialisation includes Commercial Law, Law of
Contract, Labour Law, Company Law and Partnership. Her research interest
covers consumerism, gender equality and industrial relations. She has
completed and presented a number of papers at national seminars.
Dr. Wan Izatul Asma Wan Talaat
Associate Professor and Head of Division, Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu