• WestJet faces potential class-action lawsuit over alleged workplace harassment

    Former WestJet flight attendant Mandalena Lewis stands for a photograph in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 8, 2016. Lewis, fired after reporting an alleged sexual assault by one of the airline's pilots, says she is shocked at the positive response she's received since sharing her story publicly.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    A former WestJet flight attendant has launched a second lawsuit against the airline, alleging it doesn’t provide a harassment-free workplace for its female employees.

    Mandalena Lewis filed documents in British Columbia Supreme Court today, asking that the case be granted class-action status on behalf of all WestJet female flight attendants.

    Lewis originally launched a lawsuit against WestJet earlier this year over allegations the airline didn’t take proper action after she reported being sexually assaulted by a pilot while on a stopover in Hawaii.

    Lewis says in a statement she decided to file a class-action case after other women came to her with stories of harassment.

    She says their stories include everything from sexist jokes to unwelcome physical contact.

    A spokeswoman for WestJet says the company hasn’t yet been served with the notice of claim so it is not in a position to comment.

    None of the allegations made in the court documents have been proven in court.

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