Former Employee at Southwest Airlines Sues Over Whites-Only Break Room

A discrimination lawsuit was filed by a former employee with Southwest Airlines claiming that workers at the airline created a break room for “whites-only” at Hobby Airport located in Texas.

Jamel Parker filed the lawsuit against Southwest. The suit states that Parker’s former employer had subjected black employees to extreme racial discrimination.

The break room for “whites-only,” claims Parker existed for several years until a recent airport renovation removed the room.

Parker claims as well that a noose made from bungee cords hung at gate 45 that is controlled by Southwest at the Hobby airport.

Parker’s suit concerning the racial standard at the airline said that Southwest was quick to fire its black employees while whites were given less discipline and chances to make improvements to conduct.

The suit mentions the April 2017 firing of Parker from Southwest for the alleged damaging of a power cord and then not reporting the damage. The document added that white employees in similar positions who engaged in almost identical behavior were never terminated.

The suit does not say the amount of money that Parker is seeking in the document.

Southwest Airlines released a statement Thursday afternoon related to the lawsuit. The statement said that no comment at the moment could be offered related to the ongoing litigation, but Southwest welcomes the opportunity in which to emphasize the airline is and has always been one that puts people first.

The statement added that it works relentlessly on fostering an environment that is both inclusive and diverse and does not condone nor tolerate discrimination in any form, and a workplace has been cultivated that mirrors customers that we serve.

The statement went on the say that the airline was an Equal Opportunity Employer and that it prided itself on the inclusive and open work environment it has that is constantly ranking amongst the best place in the world to work.

Southwest has over 57,000 employee and over 120 million passengers annually that travel across the Southwest network.

The statement concluded by saying the airlines’ greatest asset was it people and the goal the airline has is to support its employees and customers who are from all walks of life.

The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and a pre-trial date was set for January 25, 2019.

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