- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2015

Nicole Kidman is facing backlash as the new face for Etihad Airways by flight attendants who claim the airline imposes “abusive labor practices” on female employees.

Ms. Kidman, who has served as the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for women since 2006, recently became the brand ambassador for Etihad Airways, the state-owned carrier of United Arab Emirates, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants says Ms. Kidman’s U.N. work is at odds with what the group says is poor treatment of women by Etihad and the United Arab Emirates.

“We urge you, on behalf of the women and girls that you spoke of so eloquently [on International Women’s Day], not to play a part in promoting Etihad Airways, a company that imposes abusive labor practices on its female employees and whose sole owner is a government that stands against the very world that you imagine,” the group said in a statement.

In responding to the allegations, Etihad said it is “inundated” with job applications from prospective employees and recently received a 93 percent approval rating from its employees in an independent opinion survey.

“Our commitment to the welfare, safety and well-being of the diverse group of men and women who have worked so hard to make Etihad Airways great is one of our airline’s top priorities,” the airline said in a statement.

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