A federal discrimination lawsuit has been filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in San Francisco against United Continental Holdings by two dozen African-American Pilots. The suit alleges that Plaintiffs were passed over for management promotions, excluded from social gatherings, informal e-mail chains, and other forums where company issues were discussed.
The Pilots further charge that they are assigned part-time, non-management positions, while white employees receive full-time employment, and higher wage positions. Nearly half of the pilots involved in this lawsuit were also complainants in another discrimination suit filed against United Airlines in 2010. Those pilots involved in that lawsuit believe they are being retaliated against for being involved in the prior lawsuit.
The Pilots are seeking an end to the alleged discrimination, recovery of back pay and other damages.
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