United Airlines accused of favoring young, white, blond attendants for NFL, MLB flights

United Airlines is being accused in a new lawsuit of staffing athletic teams’ charter flights with flight attendants who are “young, white, female, and predominately blond/blue-eyed.”

According to the suit obtained by USA TODAY, which was filed Friday by Kim Guillory, a Black woman, and Sharon Tesler, a Jewish woman, both “over the age of 39,” Major League Baseball, National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Football League teams including the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints have flown on team charter flights over the past several years staffed with “dedicated crews” that were unfairly staffed with crew members who “fit a specific visual image.” 

“United Airlines is proud of our track record on diversity, equity and inclusion,” the airline told USA TODAY on Sunday in a statement provided by spokesperson Jonathan Guerin. “While we cannot comment on this ongoing litigation, the flight attendants included in our sports team charter program are largely representative of our overall flight attendant population in regards to age and race. Importantly, flight attendant eligibility to work a charter flight is based solely on performance and attendance and has nothing to do with age, race or gender.”

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