MEA union denies Helou discrimination claims

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BEIRUT: The union of employees at the Middle East Airlines denied Tuesday that a worker at the airline had taunted and acted inappropriately toward wheelchair-bound journalist Roula al-Helou, accusing her of exploiting the media to further her cause.  According to a statement, MEA’s employees were “the most honorable,” and “have never and would never treat any passenger on any given day in the way that Roula al-Helou had tried to portray.”  It stressed that “the appropriate response will come at the appropriate time.” Helou was prevented from boarding a Middle Eastern Airlines plane over the weekend and said she planned to file a lawsuit after staff at the company allegedly humiliated her for not being able to walk.  The union’s statement said there was a “clear exploitation” of the media on Helou’s part, adding that the journalist said she had never been treated in this manner before despite having traveled with the airline many times. Copyrights 2011, The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved 19/02/2014 Source Link

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