Emirates withdraws job offer to Somerset woman 'because of depression history' (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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Emirates withdraws job offer to Somerset woman 'because of depression history'
A WOMAN who claims she had her dream job offer withdrawn by a leading airline because she suffered from depression has vowed to bounce back stronger.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But she received an email from the firm this week saying the offer had been withdrawn in light of her medical report, which showed she suffered from depression in 2012.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“Last week I received one paragraph stating that my contract has been withdrawn due to this reason; one tiny paragraph.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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