In a noteworthy legal move, a complaint alleging unfair hiring practices is being filed against many major airlines. The case raises questions regarding equality of opportunity and diversity in business by alleging that these airlines have hired a large number of young, white female flight attendants, thereby engaging in a pattern of discrimination.
Which Airline Got Sued?
United Airlines, a US-based airline, got sued.
Who Sued The Airlines?
Two United Airlines flight attendants have filed a lawsuit: Dawn Todd and Darby Quezada.
What Is The Matter?
In a recent lawsuit, it was claimed that United Airlines, the US-based airline, favours flight attendants with particular features and age ranges on charter flights that service professional and collegiate athletic teams.
Two United Airlines flight attendants have filed the lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times, alleging that the players prefer a “certain look” of “white, young, thin women who are predominately blond and blue-eyed.”
This is why the flight attendants were passed over for the prestigious position of working on charter flights for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. 50-year-old Dawn Todd and 44-year-old Darby Quezada claim they were ignored and later kicked off these flights in favour of female coworkers referred to as “young and thin.”
When Did This Happen?
Both women claimed harassment and discrimination based on age, race, national origin, and religion in the lawsuit, which the Los Angeles Times reports was filed on October 25 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The complaints concerned the staffing of United’s charter flights for the Dodgers and the treatment of their coworkers on those flights.
How Did It All Start?
Todd and Quezada have more than 15 years of experience working for United, and the lawsuit claims that they attempted to join the airline’s programme that staffs the Dodgers’ flights for more than ten years.
Because these assignments offer longer flight hours and other benefits, attendants may receive up to three times the remuneration of regular assignments.
“Plaintiffs had the necessary experience and qualifications,” according to the complaint, “but their requests were dismissed and rejected because Plaintiffs were not white.”
The New York Post claims that United Airlines resolved a prior lawsuit alleging that the carrier employed “young, white, female, and predominately blonde or blue-eyed” attendants to crew flights.
The 2020 settlement serves as the foundation for the current action, which claims that “more changes occurred in 2022 with the addition of several white United flight attendants to the ‘dedicated crew.'”
The lawsuit highlights the significance of tackling employment discrimination and advancing diversity in all sectors, including the airline industry, which is crucial to international travel. This is true regardless of the litigation’s outcome.
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