Nicole Kidman is being criticized for taking on the role of Etihad Airways’ new face, which the Association of Professional Flight Attendants deems to be an anti-female airline.
“We urge you, on behalf of the women and girls that you spoke of so eloquently [on International Women's Day], not to play a part in promoting Etihad Airways, a company that imposes abusive labor practices on its female employees and whose sole owner is a government that stands against the very world that you imagine,” a statement from the group reads (via THR).
The airline has been accused of firing pregnant women and subjecting employees to confined living arrangements.
“The APFA — a union that represents 25,000 flight attendants, including nearly 19,000 female crewmembers — has long been a leading voice on the issue of discriminatory labor practices in our industry,” the group continued. “We would gladly welcome your voice to our effort.”
Etihad has responded by denying that pregnant women were fired and said that they “were inundated with requests from people for the opportunities Etihad Airways offers — with more than 260,000 who applied to join the airline from all over the world.”