17 July 2012
Ex-BA steward seeking unfair dismissal compensation
Unfair dismissal compensation is being sought by an air steward who believes he was sacked by British Airways (BA) for defending himself against anti-Semitic remarks.
Jean-Paul Van der Velde lost his job with BA in August 2010 following an incident involving him and his colleague Paul Meek at a bar during a stopover in New York City in March of that year.
Mr Van der Velde - whose father survived two concentration camps - has told an employment tribunal in Watford that he and Mr Meek became embroiled in a row after he told his co-worker of his Jewish heritage.
The claimant alleges that Mr Meek said "the Jews deserved it" in reference to Nazism, the Daily Telegraph reports.
"He was aggressive and agitated and also appeared to me to be drunk," he added.
However, Mr Van der Velde was suspended a few weeks later after Mr Meek told bosses he had been physically assaulted during this altercation and was subsequently fired.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas