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Air hostess job withdrawn over her depression

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

By Janet Hughes

Megan Cox, 22, decided to name and shame Emirates Airlines on the internet after losing her dream job as an air hostess

Megan Cox, 22, decided to name and shame Emirates Airlines on the internet after losing her dream job as an air hostess

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A young Somerset woman has hit back at an airline for withdrawing a job offer because she suffered from depression for two months nearly two years ago.

Megan Cox, 22, decided to name and shame Emirates Airlines on the internet after losing her dream job as an air hostess.

And after she posted a defiant online message saying it was their loss, she has been inundated with offers to appear on TV and the newspapers.

Ms Cox, from Bridgwater, says she was offered a post with Emirates Airlines last month and was so delighted to land the job she turned down other employment opportunities.

But the company asked her to fill in a medical form which revealed that she used to have depression.

Miss Cox, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2012, sent a message from her doctor explaining that she had recovered and that there was no reason to be concerned.

When the Dubai-based company withdrew the job offer she set up a Facebook page called Emirates Against Depression.

She wrote: "In April I was offered my dream job with Emirates after the incredibly tough open day and final interview.

"One week after I was offered the job as a cabin crew member, I was given a ridiculous medical. As part of the medical, I needed to agree for Emirates to view all of my medical history.

"I read horror stories online about them rejecting people. 2012 was an horrific year for me, which sent me to depression for two months. Any normal person who had been through what I did would suffer in this horrific way.

"Today I received one paragraph stating that my contract has been withdrawn due to this reason. I was hysterical and wanted to scream. It's heartbreaking losing your dream job."

But she added: "But good riddance, Emirates. I'm a human being, who has been through hell and back during certain times of my life. I've needed to take a few pills to help me sleep and bring my mood up.

"Depression made me a stronger, healthier person and opened my eyes to the world. It's given me life experience that you couldn't comprehend. I would have been the perfect air hostess.

"Emirates, you've just lost one of your strongest, hard-working potential employees who would have contributed to your company substantially. You will not bring me down. You've just made me even stronger."

Marjorie Wallace, the head of mental health charity SANE, told the Independent: "People can recover from depression as they do from any physical illness or injury, therefore it is wrong that they should be discriminated against and considered unfit to work.

"It is estimated that one in four people will experience an episode of depression."

A spokesman for the airline said: "Emirates has a clear and fair recruitment process and is an equal opportunity employer. All applications are reviewed closely for this extremely demanding role."

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  • weebso  |  May 27 2014, 7:37PM

    If it was your dream job then surely you would fight for it. The fact that you have offers from papers and Tv speaks volumes. You will probably end up on one of those trashy reality shows which I guess helps you on the way to your ultimate goal of 15 minutes of fame. get a life.

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  • StanStill  |  May 24 2014, 12:30PM

    I was hysterical and wanted to scream. It's heartbreaking losing your dream job." If you were hysterical over this, what would you be like at 33 thousand feet if there was an emergency. Sounds like Emirates got it correct.

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