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Delta flight attendants say Zac Posen-designed uniforms caused health problems: lawsuit

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Two Delta Air Lines flight attendants are taking the carrier to court over allegations that their Zac Posen-designed, Lands’ End-produced uniforms are caused by a range of medical problems such as skin rashes, headaches, fatigue and much more.

On May 22, plaintiffs Gwyneth Gilbert and Monica DeCrescentis a complaint filed with the US district court for the Southern District of New York against Lands’ End, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, taking issue with their employer in the new Passport Plum” uniforms. The suit alleges negligence, design defect, manufacturing defect and failure to warn, among other claims.

A year ago, the Atlanta-based carrier <a data-cke-saved-href=”https://www.foxnews.com/travel/deltas-20-million-designer-uniforms-draw-mixed-reviews” href=”https://www.foxnews.com/travel/deltas-20-million-designer-uniforms-draw-mixed-reviews”>issued new uniforms</a>, pictured, are 64,000 workers who are employed in the aircraft, airports, and venues all over the world, on the reported value of $20 million.
(Delta Air Lines)

A year ago, the Atlanta-based carrier issued new uniforms for its 64,000 employees that are employed in the aircraft, airports, and venues all over the world, on the reported value of $20 million.

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In particular, the suite of functional, high-performance clothing features “ripstop high-stretch, wrinkle-and-stain-resistant, water-repellent and water-proof, deodorizing, windproof, anti-static and moisture-wicking properties” of substances and materials in a number of designs, according to a press release, in which Gilbert and DeCrescentis argue today may have been to blame for their ailments.

The package of functional, high-performance clothing features “ripstop high-stretch, wrinkle-and-stain-resistant, water-repellent and water-proof, deodorizing, windproof, anti-static and moisture-wicking properties” of substances and materials in a number of designs.
(Delta Air Lines)

According to the Journal-Constitution, Gilbert says that they suffered “skin rashes and irritations” of wearing a mock turtleneck, a pair of trousers and a blouse issued by her employer earlier this year.

On request, Lands’ End gave her a shirt that was ‘ allegedly ‘untreated'”, but still made her skin “feel that they had had a burn,” – as the airline uniforms are said to be treated for anti-wrinkle and stain-free from chemicals.

Now, the woman is allowed to wear a black pantsuit and white blouse during the work, not yet published, cause physical reactions.

Designer Zac Posen at a launch for the uniforms last year.
(Delta Air Lines)

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DeCrescentis, meanwhile, reportedly experienced “responses of the skin, headache and a low white cell blood count” by the last year of wearing the work uniform. She also claims the uniform of the dye has transferred to her body, sheets and towels.

DeCrescentis is still wearing the uniform for the work, according to the court documents.

When contacted for reaction, representatives of Delta, told Fox News that the company does not comment on pending litigation, and offered the following statement:

“Safety is paramount in everything we do, and the uniform program was no exception. Since we started with the redesigning of the uniform three years ago, we are intent to ensure employee input and transparency every step of the way,” a spokesman said. “We want our employees to be able to safely wear the new clothes with pride.”

To strengthen this commitment, Delta actively sought employee input and carried out wear tests, test allergen, and dye testing. Although Delta and Lands’ End conducted in-depth testing during each step of the development, a small number of employees have reported skin irritations,” she continued. “While less than one percent of the employees in the new uniform program have reported problems, Delta is taking this very seriously and will work directly with the employees on solutions that meet their individual needs.”

The airline will reportedly soon unveil a new “bare” uniform choice in June, which will also require medical documentation of the sport.
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Ahead, the air carrier it is mandatory that employees get a doctor’s verification of any allergies and try the wear of alternative materials on the work – such as cotton, non-wool and lined pieces – before they are approved to wear black and white clothing of their choice by the carrier, as per the outlet.

In addition, the airline will reportedly soon unveil a new “bare” uniform choice in June, which will also require medical documentation of the sport.

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Earlier this month, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health began an investigation into a health hazard Evaluation of the Delta uniforms, fulfilling a request submitted in March by the International Association of Machinists union to investigate uniform complaints.

Only a few weeks after the release of the new uniforms last year, Delta 25 complaints received from staff members of barns and other problems with the new design, CNBC reports.

The carrier is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Representatives from Lands’ End, told Fox News that they do not comment on pending litigation, while a spokesman for Zac Posen not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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