FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The flight attendants’ union accuses American Airlines of discriminating against its mostly female group by imposing a stricter attendance policy that can result in employees being fired quickly.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants asked the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday to investigate its charge. About 75 percent of American’s flight attendants are women.READ MORE: After Cyberattack Pipeline Officials Hope To Have Service Back By The Weekend -- But Oil Prices Fall
In an interview union president Lori Bassani said the American policy discriminates against women because the airline’s mostly male pilot workforce does not have a similar attendance policy.READ MORE: Dallas Police: Shooter Claims He Killed Man After He Tried To Get In Vehicle After Road Rage Incident
Flight attendants are given points for things such as calling in sick during the holidays or after being asked to replace another absent flight attendant. Bassani says 10 points gets a flight attendant fired, and “a few” have been terminated.
So far, officials with Fort Worth-based American have not issued a comment.MORE NEWS: Tiger Seen Roaming Houston Neighborhood Still On The Loose, Man Who Fled With Animal In Custody
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