Four flight attendants are suing Delta Airlines for discrimination after the employer allegedly took negative employment action against them for being Jewish or for associating with people of the Jewish faith.
One of the plaintiffs alleges the employer terminated her in 2017 because she is Jewish. She alleges that the reason given by the employer for termination—that she missed a flight—is not legitimate because she was on approved maternity leave at the time.
According to the lawsuit, Delta also suspended a second flight attendant without pay and revoked her travel privileges after she shared her travel companion pass with a Jewish friend.
The lawsuit alleges that the airline has "a pattern of intentionally discriminating and retaliating against ethnically Jewish, Hebrew, and/or Israeli employees and passengers." It further alleges that Delta created a "hostile" and "intimidating" environment during a flight from New York City to Israel.
The four plaintiffs allege managers made negative, stereotypical comments about Jewish and Israeli employees and passengers and failed to promote at least one employee for being Jewish. Ryan Sit "Delta Airlines Accused of Anti-Semitism and 'Discrimination' by Four Flight Attendants: Report," www.newsweek.com (Jan. 2, 2018).