Airline mergers are often messy affairs, leaving legal proceedings in their wake. So this week comes the news that about two dozen African American pilots are suing United Continental Holdings, parent company of United Airlines, charging they were passed over for promotion because of their race.
In their suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the veteran aviators alleged a long history of discriminatory behavior across multiple states.
“The struggle for inclusion at United Airlines is a long-standing issue that many have tried to address over a long period of time,” Captain Leon Miller, a plaintiff, said in a statement.
Most of those involved in the suit worked for pre-merger United. The complaint specifically addresses promotion issues dating to 2009.
Additionally, nearly half of the plaintiffs were part of a 2010 federal equal employment racial discrimination case against United, and are claiming the carrier has punished them by withholding promotions and special assignments.
United said in a statement that it does not tolerate harassment or discrimination.
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