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Racism – Former Workers Sue Delta Airways for Firing Them Just For Speaking Their Native Language


4 Korean ex-employees have sued Delta Airways for firing them allegedly after talking their native language.

Lilian Park, Jean Yi, Jong-jin An and Ji-Gained Kim had been working for a mixed complete of 50 years for Delta Airways at Seattle–Tacoma Worldwide Airport earlier than the corporate dismissed them in Could 2017.

All however Kim — who hopes to get hers quickly — have acquired U.S. citizenships. They imagine that their means to converse in Korean helped them get into Delta, which flies between Sea-Tac and South Korea every single day.

However the lawsuit just lately filed in King County Superior Court docket claimed that they have been fired exactly for that cause.

“Though assigned to work flights to and from Korea, composed of many Korean-speaking passengers, they were singled out and admonished for speaking Korean.”

Left to Proper: Kim, Park, An and Yi. Picture: Screenshot through KIRO 7

In response to KIRO 7, the lawsuit alleges “race and national origin discrimination and retaliation.”

Talking to the outlet, An stated that her supervisor warned of complaints “from the other non-Korean-speaking agents. They feel uncomfortable, so please limit speaking Korean.”

However different staff who spoke international languages have been by no means requested to do the identical, the ladies stated.

Picture through Flickr / Eric Salard (CC BY-SA 2.zero)

Additionally they accused the identical supervisor of sexual harassment at work.

“I tried to avoid touching. So when he came to the gate, I just moved out of sight.  I didn’t want to deal with him touching, whispering,” Yi recalled.

Park, who referred to as the harassment a “daily thing,” reported the incident to supervisors with Kim. However the supervisor remained in place and continued his touching, stated Jennifer Tune, their lawyer.

The lawsuit additionally claimed that the 4 have been “were suspended and ultimately terminated for allegedly offering unauthorized upgrades,” which they claimed to be commonplace.

Kim identified, “Offering free upgrades, especially on an oversold flight, is a common practice, but suddenly, it became a reason to be terminated, just for us, for Korean women.”

In the meantime, Tune stated that such cause for termination is “a common occurrence on over-sold flights. Other agents do it, on a daily basis.”


In an announcement to KIRO 7, Delta denied the accusations and argued that they have been fired for “violated ticketing and fare rules.”

“Delta doesn’t tolerate office discrimination or harassment of any type. Such habits runs counter to our core values of variety and inclusion and our mission of connecting the world.

“We take allegations of office harassment and discrimination very severely and our investigations into allegations made by these former staff have been discovered to be with out advantage. 

“These former staff have been sadly however appropriately terminated as a result of the corporate decided they violated ticketing and fare guidelines.

“Delta is confident that these claims will ultimately be determined to be without merit.”

This isn’t the primary time Delta Airways is accused of singling out Koreans. Final yr, a Korean-American man touring together with his household claimed that he was kicked off a Cancun, Mexico-bound flight from Los Angeles due to “discrimination.”


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