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American Airlines Sued For Discriminatory Employment Practices
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American Airlines is being sued by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly discriminating against job applicants by asking illegal medical questions. The lawsuit, filed by the EEOC on 26 September in Providence, Rhode Island, states that American Airlines refused to hire a qualified applicant for a ramp clerk and cabin cleaner position because of the person’s mental disability. The disability was apparently discovered during improper questioning by the airline’s medical department during a drug test. The EEOC claims that this method of questioning was often also used to deny other applicants work according to Reuters. The lawsuit is seeking back wages, compensatory damages for the job applicant and other disabled individuals, punitive damages as well as a… Read More
Unions To Fight For Sacked Non-Unionised Flight-Attendant
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Two flights attendants unions have taken up the case of a non-unionised flight attendant at Delta Air Lines who was fired after the airline alleged she provided a “substitute” urine sample during a random drug test. Yasuko Ishikawa has denied the allegation, saying that she was mostly vegetarian, weighed less than 100 pounds and had drunk a lot of water before the sample, which she maintains was legitimate. Ishikawa also said that a test she got done privately after the incident was also “dilute,” (showed low levels of creatinine, the metabolite found in urine) like the one taken by Delta Air Lines and did not show any signs of drugs. Ishikawa’s case has now been taken up by both the… Read More
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