United Airlines has been accused in a new lawsuit of providing sports teams with chartered planes with flight attendants of “young, white, female, and mostly blond / blue eyes”.
According to the lawsuit obtained by USA TODAY, filed Friday by Kim Gilory, a black woman, and Sharon Tesler, a Jewish woman, both “over the age of 39”, Major League Baseball, the National Athletics Association, and the National Football League have teams including San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints have flown on team charter flights over the past several years with “custom crews” unfairly supplied with crew members who “fit a specific visual image.”
“United Airlines is proud of its track record of diversity, equality and inclusion,” the airline told USA TODAY Sunday in a statement made by company spokesperson Jonathan Gereen. While we cannot comment on this ongoing litigation, flight attendants listed in our sport team hire program largely represents the total number of flight attendants we have in terms of age and race. Most importantly, a flight attendant’s eligibility to work on a charter flight is solely based on performance and attendance and has no relation to age, race, or gender. “
The lawsuit alleges that the teams have the option to fly with an “open crew,” which opens the door for any flight crew member and results in a higher level of “diversity between age, race, and gender,” or “dedicated crew,” which it says is “United” encourages the majority of its customers On choosing employment. ” The lawsuit alleges that these “dedicated crews” are made up of young women, white, and mostly blonde / blue-eyed women.
The lawsuit alleges that “the selection and appointment of flight charter coordinators,” specialist crew “, and the” designated list “of the charter program were, and continue to be, unlawfully based on race, descent, age, and gender.” .
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Tesler, the 36-year-old United employee, said she has had “multiple incidents of United employees discriminating against Jewish individuals,” with offensive comments about Jews and Israelis and comments about her dark hair, which she claims calls “Jewish” hair. ” Including haircut “to match the united visual image of a typical white flight attendant.”
Guillory, a flight attendant who has worked for United for two years and who has been granted seniority based on 26 years of working for Continental Airlines, has claimed that she has been “subjected to constant discrimination, harassment and retaliation that escalates in severity and frequency” and has raised her concerns about the lack of diversity among the crew in NFL charter flights multiple times.
Despite United’s policy against accepting gifts valued at more than $ 25, dedicated crew members “also receive tickets and access to playoff games and games, including the Superbowl, which are very valuable cards that give access to the field (which are not even available to the general public). ), Merchandise, and more.
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