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AFA FILES EEOC CHARGES AGAINST UNITED AIRLINES WEIGHT PROGRAM

 WASHINGTON, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, today filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Chicago protesting an appearance-based weight policy at United Airlines that allegedly discriminates against flight attendants.
 United's weight standards, one of the last remaining vestiges of the airline's sexist appearance criteria, hold flight attendants to an unfair and unrealistic standard. The program emphasizes weight over health, without adequately taking factors such as gender, age, race and disabilities into account.
 After a moratorium of 18 months, during which the weight standards were not enforced while AFA and the company tried to agree to a more equitable program, the company will reinstate the weight program April 1. Flight attendants will be forced to weigh in at United's offices in front of their peers and any flight attendant 11 pounds over her or his mandated weight will be suspended and ultimately subject to termination.
 The largest flight attendant union in the world, the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, represents more than 32,000 flight attendants at 20 different carriers.
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 /CONTACT: David Melancon of the Association of Flight Attendants, 202-328-5400/
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CO: Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO; United Airlines ST: District of Columbia, Illinois IN: AIR SU: PER

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