The 20 Nigerian cabin crew members recently laid off by Virgin Atlantic Airways have dragged the airline to court, suing it for N5billion at the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos.
The workers were all laid off on November 30, 2015, following an internal memo issued by the Executive Vice President, Customer, of the Airline, Jill Brady.
They are: Genevieve Mordi, Umo Akinselure, Lukman Yusuf, Ekaete Victor-Iyamu, Victoria Enyi, George Ezemba, James Ajayi, Rosemary Ogbor, Babajide Akinyele, Remilekun Lashebikan, Yewande Salau, David Dagat, Babafemi Oshifeko, Babatunde Olamuye, Juliet Ezumba, Rachel Ideho, Ademola Olowolade, Imelda Blankson, Halimat Odeyemi and Tolumilade Sogbesan.
Aviation Logistics and Management Ltd is also a defendant in the suit.
The workers, through their counsel, Chief Felix Fagbohungbe, SAN, are praying the court to restrain the respondents from laying them off or giving effects to the notice of termination of employment served on them pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
They are also want the court to suspend the notice of termination of employment served on them pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
They are further asking the court to direct the respondents to pay them the sum of N5billion as damages for the act of discrimination against them.