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USA: Ex-employee files lawsuit against Southwest Airlines alleging racial discrimination

Author: Christina Zhao, Newsweek, Published on: 21 September 2018

"Ex-Southwest Employee Says Airline Had 'Whites Only' Break Room", 21 Sep 2018

An ex-Southwest Airlines staffer filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the company earlier this week which alleges that his coworkers made a “whites-only” break room at Hobby Airport in Texas.  In the lawsuit...Jamel Parker...claims Southwest allowed the "whites-only" break room and fostered an environment where black staffers were subjected to “extreme race discrimination.”  Parker revealed that the break room was used for several years until it was removed as part of a recent renovation...Parker also alleges that his supervisor allowed the break-room to operate, despite knowing its racial connotations...

Southwest Airlines responded to the lawsuit in a statement to ABC-7 on Thursday: “We wouldn't be able to offer comment on matters relating to litigation, but we welcome the opportunity to emphasize that Southwest is and always has been a company that puts its people first"...Southwest fired Parker after he damaged a vehicle he was operating during his employ and failed to report it immediately.  Parker claims that his termination was another example of racial discrimination towards black employees because two white employees had damaged vehicles, failed to report it, and were only issued with notices.  Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.

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