In 2017, thousands of crew members complained of reactions to American Airlines’ new uniforms. An original unsuccessful action was made against AA and clothing manufacturer Twin Hill, but a new, amended suit contains disturbing revelations about how much the carrier knew about the substances in these uniforms.
Back in 2016, American Airlines unveiled new crew uniforms but by 2017, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), the labor body that represents 25,000 AA cabin crew members, revealed that it had received thousands of complaints regarding reactions to these uniforms.
The physical reactions to these new uniforms – supplied by clothing manufacturer Twin Hill – included skin and eye irritation, migraines and respiratory problems. An initial lawsuit was made against both AA and the manufacturer back in 2017, but an amendment to this first unsuccessful suit, reports Philly.com, has just been unsealed.
The unsealed document reveals the extent to which the health of AA crew members have been affected by the new uniforms – or, more specifically, by the chemicals present within the fabrics. The document also reveals the extent to which, according to the Chicago Business Journal, AA’s management essentially ignored the complaints and concerns raised by employees and continued to roll out these new uniforms.
The unsealed action states that, “American has known all along that the Twin Hill uniforms would cause harm to its employees but, rather than correct the problem, American continues to falsely tell its employees that the uniforms have been proven safe. American has provided zero evidence to plaintiffs to support that claim.”
Offering its comments on the amended complaint, AA was quoted by the journal as stating earlier this week that, “This lawsuit has already been dismissed once, and we are confident that the facts will again result in a second dismissal. The amended complaint has been written in a sensationalized manner that does a disservice to American’s commitment to its team members, and to their continued health and safety.”