20 Jul 2009

Air NZ pilot wins age discrimination case

5:10 pm on 20 July 2009

A pilot has won a long-running battle against Air New Zealand for age discrimination.

David McAlister, a 35-year Air New Zealand veteran, was demoted to First Officer after his 60th birthday in 2004.

The former Boeing 747 flight instructor and chief pilot challenged the decision in the Employment Court and won, but that was over-ruled by the Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court has now ruled that Air New Zealand discriminated against Mr McAlister and has awarded him costs of $15,000.

The issue has been referred back to the Employment Court, as Mr McAlister intends to

seek reimbursement from Air New Zealand over lost pay and some damages.

Mr McAlister believes the amount could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.