- According to Bloomberg, two veteran United flight attendants are suing the airline for discriminating against employees based on their physical characteristics, using only athletic team charter flights with young, blond crews.
- Flight attendants, whom Bloomberg identified as a black woman and a Jewish woman who have both worked at United for more than 28 years, said they couldn’t work on charter flights because they weren’t on the “favorite” list.
- The complaint alleges that less experienced young, white and blond flight attendants were able to work on flights in an example of the airline rating employees based “entirely on their racial and physical attributes and stereotypical notions of sexual charm. “, according to Bloomberg.
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A lawsuit against United Airlines claims that the airline̵
The lawsuit was filed by two veteran flight attendants, a black woman who worked for United for 28 years and a Jewish woman who has been with the airline for 34 years, according to Bloomberg. In the lawsuit, they say they have repeatedly been unable to work on charter flights for National Football League, Major League Baseball and National Collegiate Athletic Association teams.
Sharon Tesler and Kim Guillory said in the complaint that they were informed that they were unable to work those shifts because they were not on “favorite” lists, Bloomberg reported.
The complaint alleged that less experienced young, white and blond flight attendants were able to work on flights in an example of airline employee rating based “entirely on their racial and physical attributes, and stereotypical notions of sexual charm.” , according to Bloomberg.
United did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Flight attendants have historically been subject to rampant sexism in advertisements, dress codes for flight attendants, and employee weight restrictions, Business Insider reported. Fierce competition among airlines prompted companies to advertise attractive workers in tight-fitting clothing before assistants became a key group in supporting the feminist movement in the late 1960s.
Before a federal court decision prompted airlines to change the rules in 1970, flight attendants could be refused because they were married or pregnant. Eventually, the industry took in male employees and decided to stop calling workers “stewardesses.”