Pregnant mother Symone Ellis was hoping to get away from the toxic fumes that come from airplanes at her job with Global Elite Group, an aviation security firm that staffs New York’s Kennedy Airport.
Instead, Ellis, who is dealing with a high-risk pregnancy, told the New York Daily News her April request to be reassigned and away from airplane exhaust lead to a suspension from her $13.50 an hour job. That caused her to lose her apartment, leading the pregnant Ellis and her six-year-old daughter to rely upon homeless shelters when they weren’t lucky enough to stay with a friend.
The Daily News reports that it took a call to “the city Human Rights Commission to get her back on Global Security’s schedule,” she said.
“We do a lot to make sure the airport … is safe for all the travelers,” Ellis told the Daily News. “I don’t think I should have had to go through all of this just for them to put me back on the schedule.
Ellis is reportedly the second pregnant airport employee to talk with the Daily News about retaliation after asking not to be exposed to airplane exhaust.
Global Elite told the New York newspaper it couldn’t comment specifically about Ellis claims but said: “Global Elite Group values the health and well being of our team members and their rights and safety will continue to be our top priorities,” Global Elite spokesman Casey Sherman said.