Korean Air sued by former flight attendants

Korean Air sued by former flight attendants

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Six former Korean Air flight attendants have launched a lawsuit against the airline, claiming that they were discriminated against because they are Korean-Americans.

The six women were reportedly hired for their ability to speak both Korean and English, but they were laid off in May, with the airline blaming economic hardship. Korean nationals were allegedly hired by the carrier to replace the workers.

The suit claims that Korean Air violated US state and federal employment law by using a two-tier ranking of employees that denied Korean-Americans benefits and promotional opportunities given to other employees, reported The Associated Press.

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