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New Lawsuit Claims United Airlines Chose ‘White, Young, Blond and Blue-Eyed’ Flight Attendants For LA Dodgers Charter Flights

New Lawsuit Claims United Airlines Chose ‘White, Young, Blond and Blue-Eyed’ Flight Attendants For LA Dodgers Charter Flights

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A new lawsuit filed by two veteran United Airlines flight attendants in the Los Angeles Superior Court claims the airline only wanted “white, young and thin” female crew members who were “predominantly blond and blue-eyed” to work on special charter flights for the LA Dodgers baseball team.

Darby Quezada and Dawn Todd have filed a number of charges against United Airlines, including racial discrimination, religious harassment and discrimination, age discrimination, negligent supervision, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress which are detailed in the 22-page complaint.

Quezada, 44, describes herself as mixed-race and of Mexican, black and Jewish descent, while Todd, 50, is an African-American woman who has worked for United Airlines for more than 17 years.

Both women say they were passed up to work on highly coveted and financially lucrative sports teams charter flights for the LA Dodgers because United managers who selected flight attendants to work on these flights preferred white or Asian flight attendants in their 20s or 30s, the suit alleges.

Quezada and Todd did, however, eventually get selected to work on the LA Dodgers charter flights after going through an unusual interview process, although their time working these flights wasn’t without controversy.

On one occasion, at the end of the 2021 season, former Dodger Justin Turner handed out envelopes stuffed with cash to flight attendants, although Quezada and Todd, along with other minority flight attendants, never received these tips.

On another occasion, Quezada says other crew members subjected her to racist abuse, saying she was only selected to work the charter flights because United “needed a Mexican to clean the bathrooms”.

After working several seasons on these charter flights, Todd says she was inexplicably demoted to a new list of flight attendants who could be picked at random to work charter flights but without any guarantee they would be chosen.

Todd claims she was forced to sit on the sidelines alongside other miniroity flight attendants as United began “cherry-picking only white flight attendants who fit a certain look”.

The lawsuit comes just over three years after two other United flight attendants sued the airline over allegations that it was picking “youthful, white flight attendants – most of whom are blonde” to work NFL charter flights.

At the time, the airline said flight attendants who work in its 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,” the statement continued.

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  • Any group chartering a plane can choose or request whomever they want as Flight Attendants, as long as they are qualified as an FA by that airline. Same for the Pilots. This lawsuit is nothing more than a publicity stunt and grandstanding for attention. If the chartering group wants all black grandmas as FAs, then so be it for those who fit the description and choose to be in that available grouping. More ticket money being wasted on lawyers.

    • This is a non story. What difference does it make ? It’s a private charter flight and you can have whomever you want to be servicing a professional sports team. Somebody is butt hurt because they didn’t get to service some rich athletes and prob wanted to hook up with one of them and then they would have their ticket ……. Just more lawyers trying to get business for a baseless lawsuits. They’re as big a problem as the women suing

  • And if the NFL only requested mixed-race and older flight attendants who look like old prunes, you would be just fine with that and wouldn’t say a word, much less sue United. Why should people on the plane who are paying, not get what they want and who they want to serve them in flight. Sorry you are not desirable, and past your prime get over yourself. I don’t sue pretty people because they are pretty. This is a petty lawsuit brought on by a couple of “KARENS”.

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