Air New Zealand pilot gets $15,000 in age discrimination case

Air New Zealand

As per the media reports, a case, which was filed by an Air New Zealand pilot in Supreme Court against his employer for age discrimination, has been won by the former.

In 2004, David McAlister was demoted from the post of a senior pilot to a first officer to fit with US Federal Aviation laws.

The basic aim of Air New Zealand was to abide by the laws that say no pilot-in-command can fly within its airspace if he is over the age of 60.

However, for David McAlister, demotion meant that he could not be a flight instructor. Thus, he carried the case to the Employment Court.

The Supreme Court once again made the decision in favor of Mr McAlister and awarded him $15,000, even when Air New Zealand appealed the original ruling.