Petition for the Westjet CEO to resign


WestJet sexual assault allegations spark calls for CEO's resignation

A petition calling for WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky's resignation has gathered more than 13,000 signatures in less than a day.

The petition, posted Thursday morning by Sum of Us, an organization promoting corporate accountability, follows sexual assault allegations made by a former flight attendant against one of the company's pilots 

Mandalena "Mandy" Lewis is suing the Calgary-based airline, claiming she was sexually assaulted by a pilot in 2010 during a layover in Hawaii. She alleges the company protected the pilot and fired her instead.

The company says it takes the allegations "very seriously" and is "committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment." None of the allegations have been proven in court. 

Emma Pullman, the lead strategist for Sum of Us, says corporate responsibility starts at the top.

"Ultimately, the CEO of a company creates the corporate culture of a company — the corporate culture that decides if allegations of this magnitude of sexual assault and harassment are dealt with swiftly or are swept under the rug," Pullman said.