Emirates flight attendant fired after falling down stairs in work heels

Ciara Burke is still recovering from her injuries.
Ciara Burke is still recovering from her injuries. Photo credit: Facebook / Ciara Burke

An Emirates flight attendant has been fired from her job after falling down a set of stairs while wearing heels at work.

Australian Ciara Burke, 23, had only days left of her training programme before graduating as a flight attendant in Dubai.

But after a fall at the training facility left the 23-year-old in a moon boot and back-brace, she was told to go back to Perth.

"They gave me seven days to pack [and] sell and organise my belongings, say goodbye to my Dubai family and leave the country," Ms Burke said in a lengthy Facebook post. "They kept a months-worth of my salary from me and made me pay a substantial amount of money to them to cover costs of termination."

Ms Burke was told she had taken too much time off for her injuries.

"A few weeks after the accident Emirates fired me and told me that my accident was not classed as an industrial injury but instead a 'freak accident' (in Australia this kind of practice is illegal)."

In Dubai what is considered a workplace accident differs to that in Australia.

Ms Burke had spent six months working on flights to Europe and Africa for the Middle-Eastern carrier, she told media.

"It's important for others who dream about working for this company to be aware of what goes on behind the mask of glitz and glamour."