A former Emirates air hostess claims she was sacked by the exclusive
airline simply because she fell down a flight of stairs, while wearing a
pair of high heels on the job.
Ciara Burke thought she had landed her dream job when she was invited
to join the carrier’s ‘Emirates Aviation College’ from among a host of
But the 23-year-old from Perth, Western
Australia, claims she soon learnt life behind the scenes isn’t quite the
same as what the airline portrays for First Class customers.
fact Ms Burke has lashed Emirates, claiming they sacked her just days
before she was set to graduate into a full flight attendant, all because
of a heavy fall left her in a moon boot and unable to complete her
Leaving her family and friends behind to move
to the UAE to pursue a dream career, Ms Burke believed she was going to
work for ‘the world’s best airline’.
And the first few months were seemingly all she dreamed, with the
young brunette a regular sharer to social media of herself working, and
partying with colleagues.
Initially at least, Ms was living the first class lifestyle among Dubai’s high rises.
that all changed when she fell down steps during training in the red
high heels of her Emirates uniform, leaving her with a severely injured
back and ankle.
During her time out of action, Ms Burke claims the
airline not only ‘covered up’ her accident but also told her that it
would likely have an affect on whether she made it through her six-month
‘I was in a back brace and a cast which changed to moonboot for weeks,’ Ms Burke claimed in a Facebook post
‘I was seeing doctors and physiotherapists every 2-3 days to help control and ease the indescribable pain.
‘A few weeks after the accident Emirates fired me and told me that my
accident was NOT classed as an industrial injury but instead a “freak
‘I wasn’t allowed to defend myself or appeal the decision and there are
no unions in Dubai that I could turn to for help… I was heartbroken.’
Ms Burke, who has since returned home to Perth, claims the airline
added insult to injury when they took away her passport and ID and
treated her ‘like a criminal’.
Adding to her heartbreak, the
former employee told Fairfax media she had been given glowing feedback
by her superiors and was ‘really good’ at her job.
Prior to her
fall, she had spent months travelling on flights to worldwide
destinations such as Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Santorini and Melbourne.