United Airlines Flight Attendants Allege Discrimination On Chartered LA Dodgers Flights

Darby Quezada and Dawn Todd have accused the airline of racial and religious discrimination.

United Airlines is facing a lawsuit from two flight attendants who claimed that the company would not allow them to work charter flights for the Los Angeles Dodgers because they were not young enough, thin, or White, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

The suit was filed on Oct. 25, by Darby Quezada, 44, and Dawn Todd, 50, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing the company of racial and religious discrimination. Quezada is of Black, Mexican, and Jewish descent and Todd is Black. Both plaintiffs have been employed at United for more than 15 years.

Sam S. Yebri, Quezada, and Todd’s attorney said in a statement that his clients should not be subject to unfair treatment even from a professional sports team.

“Major American corporations like United Airlines must understand that it is illegal to make staffing decisions based on an employee’s race and looks, even if it is meant to please major clients like the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Yebri’s statement read. “United’s blatantly discriminatory staffing decisions allowed the cancer of racism and antisemitism to metastasize on the flights themselves.”

After Quezada and Tood asked management why they were not selected to work the charter flights with the team, they were told that they did not meet the physical standards of the Dodgers.

“When Todd and Quezada asked United why certain flight attendants were added to the ‘dedicated crew’ or ‘dedicated list’ without having to interview like they did, Todd and Quezada were told that these White flight attendants fit a ‘certain look’ that the Dodgers’ players liked,” the suit claimed.

Quezada also claims in the suit that she was referred to as the “flight maid” because they “needed a Mexican to clean the bathrooms” and that she was discriminated against for being Jewish and for the shape of her body.


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The suit goes on to say that Todd spoke out after being bypassed in favor of other flight attendants although he had seniority, United retaliated against her and Quezada by verbally abusing them in meetings and on flights.

In the complaint, the plaintiffs claim that United has a long of racial discrimination against their employees.

“United’s charter airline program for professional sports teams has a long, troubled history,” the latest stated. “For years, United’s Inflight Charter Program has been riddled with allegations of discrimination, racism and sexism.”

Because of the constant discrimination the women allege they were subject to, Quezada and Todd said they experienced “severe panic attacks, vomiting, migraines, anxiety, loss of self-esteem, humiliation, the inability to eat, loss of sleep, and emotional distress, which has required psychological treatment,” the suit stated.

“The unrelenting racist and antisemitic comments were demoralizing and dehumanizing,” Quezada said in a prepared statement. “Blatant discrimination like this should not be tolerated in 2023.”

In response to the lawsuit, United has vehemently denied all accusations United spokesperson Charles Hobart noted.

“United fosters an environment of inclusion and does not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” Hobart said. “We believe this lawsuit is without merit and intend to defend ourselves vigorously.”

Joe Jareck, senior director of public relations for the Dodgers, said in an email, “We do not comment on any pending litigation.”

The flight attendants have requested a jury trial and are seeking unspecified damages.

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