African American Employees Say American Airlines Called Them ‘Circus Monkeys’

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*Color American Airlines down right stupid if they did.

Yet eighty African-American employees at AA say its true: the managers allegedly called them “circus monkeys” among other names, and they have marched right to court to file a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Philadelphia and Washington D.C. employees of American Airlines are asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate their claims.

The employees say managers called them “circus monkeys,” “the n-word,” “ghetto,” “Darfur,” and allegedly referred to segregated break areas as the “black panther break room” and “chocolate break room.”

The lawsuit also claims the “managers did not provide overtime opportunities for minority workers; placed unfair punishment on African American workers in comparison to their white colleagues, and refused to give African-American workers proper training, leaving them unqualified for some job opportunities,” NBC Philadelphia reports.

According to the African-American workers, American Airlines denied them opportunities for advancement and they were made to work in unsafe conditions.

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“This allegation is what started our investigation into the safety practices of this airline,” read a letter from the employees’ attorney. “Our clients alleged that white employees were routinely allowed by managers to reserve the best tugs, trucks, lifts and other equipment for their use, to the exclusion of black employees. Black employees have been forced to work on the unsafe equipment that is described in detail in the Safety Complaint, and which equipment both the FAA and OSHA have confirmed does not comply with federal standards.”

To no one’s surprise, American-Airlines denies the allegations.

“Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our airline,” the spokesperson wrote. “Ours is a diverse workforce serving customers who are equally diverse, and we are committed to fostering a work environment that is based on collaborative teamwork and mutual respect.  We will vigorously defend our company and the hard-working employees who provide top-quality service to our customers each and every day.”



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