South Korea flight attendant sues airline over nut rage

Former executive is in prison following incident

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South Korean flight attendant is suing Korean Air

A South Korean flight attendant is suing Korean Air and its former executive over a "nut rage" incident which she claims ruined her career.

According to Yahoo News, Kim Do Hee is seeking compensation through a trial in New York after she was verbally and physically attacked by Korean Air heiress Heather Cho.

Cho - also known as Cho Hyun-ah - was a vice-president overseeing cabin service for Korean Air. She was outraged when Kim, 27, served her macadamia nuts in a bag, not a dish. A heated confrontation followed.

The incident happened on December 5th 2014 and Cho was jailed last month for obstructing aviation safety, the BBC reports.

She is appealing her conviction from prison.

Ms Kim is seeking compensation for damage to her career, reputation and emotional wellbeing.

The civil lawsuit alleges that Cho screamed obscenities and hit Ms Kim.

Ms Kim's lawyers said that "the evidence in this case will demonstrate that Cho's actions were not only humiliating, degrading, and damaging to Kim, but were also emblematic of Cho's unbridled arrogance and disturbing sense of entitlement".

The case opened a national debate about the Korean business system, which is dominated by family firms known as chaebols.

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