A former Southwest employee to sue for the damage.
A former Southwest Airlines employee has accused the airliner of racial discrimination, claiming colleagues, the creation of a whites-only breakroom in Houston Hobby Airport in Texas and hung a noose at gate 45 at the airport during the four years that he worked there, the federal lawsuit claims.
Former employee Jamel Parker filed the suit in the United States District Court in Houston on Wednesday.
Parker, who began working for AirTran in 2008 and joined in the Southwest of 2013, after the companies are merged, said in the lawsuit that the Southwest employees were “allowed” to “create a ‘WB,’ a whites-only break room.”
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According to Parker, his supervisor at the height of the breakroom, but not delete. The lawsuit claims Parker learned of the “whites-only break room” in August 2013, and that continued until 2016 or 2017, when that area was converted into offices.
Parker was fired in April 2017, after the failure to report damage to a vehicle he was working – another example of racial discrimination, he argues in his lawsuit.
He reportedly was operating a vehicle when the tow bar was caught on a power cable under the jet-bridge. Parker was fired for failure to report the damages immediately.
The lawsuit claims that two white employees had damaged vehicles without notice, and only notices when the destruction was discovered.
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Southwest Airlines said in a comment on Fox News they could not comment on ongoing litigation, but “to emphasize that the south-West, and has always been a company that puts the people in the first place.”
“We work continuously to promote an environment that is diverse and inclusive. We do not tolerate or condone discrimination of any kind, and we develop a workplace that is a reflection of the Customers we serve,” the statement read.
“Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity and prides itself on an open and inclusive work environment that is constantly belongs to the most beautiful places in the world to work. We use more than 57,000 People who provide the world’s best hospitality to our more than 120 million annual Customers as they travel throughout the south West of the network. Our People are our greatest asset, and it is our goal to provide our Employees and our Customers who come from all walks of life,” the statement continues.
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Parker is suing for back pay, damages, and mental anguish, among other compensation.
Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.