Black Pilots Sue United over Bias Claims

KTVU (San Francisco), May 30, 2012

Nearly two dozen black pilots for United Airlines filed a federal discrimination lawsuit claiming few minority workers are promoted to upper management at the world’s largest air carrier.

The lawsuit claims blacks who are in upper management jobs were promoted simply to give the company a false appearance of diversity.

Those managers are often excluded from social gatherings, informal email chains and other forums where company issues are discussed, the legal action states.

United vowed Wednesday to vigorously defend itself against the allegations made by 22 pilots in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco.

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The pilots are seeking an end to the alleged discrimination, back pay and other damages.

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