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Air NZ's long haul dispute

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OPINION: It seems that letting go is the hardest part for some applicants in employment disputes.

Air New Zealand has found this out the hard way. A former flight attendant has just had her case against the company thrown out by the Employment Relations Authority for the seventh time.

In its latest ruling, one of a string of related litigation, the authority determined that the claim was "frivolous" and "vexatious", and should not proceed any further.

Kathleen Milne, now living in Queensland, Australia, was first employed by Air New Zealand in 1972. She worked for the company for over 30 years until she was dismissed in November 2004.

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Prior to her dismissal, Milne had taken a lengthy period of sick leave.

Air New Zealand made numerous attempts to reintegrate Milne back into the workforce and prepared a return to work plan for her return to her usual duties. However, in August 2004 Milne was medically certified as permanently unfit to fly, and unable to perform her role as a flight attendant.

Air New Zealand was not able to find an alternative position that she was qualified to perform on the ground, and therefore dismissed her for reasons of medical........

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