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Flight Attendants Sue American Airlines Claiming They Were Called ‘Sows’ and Prostitutes

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled “Flight Attendants Sue American Airlines Claiming They Were Called ‘Sows’ and Prostitutes,” in Inside Edition b and published on March 14, 2017, which can be found here.

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Two flight attendants are suing American Airlines, claiming they were called “sows” — and worse — by male colleagues on Facebook and other social media sites.

The federal lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania and allege the airline failed to enforce its policies barring online slurs and insults by employees, including on private accounts.

The women claim the bullying and harassment occurred on Facebook and online accounts where thousands of airline workers talk to each other.

American Airlines has denied the allegations.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified monetary damages.

One flight attendant, Laura Medlin, said the bullying began after she resigned from a union position. A group of male employees began calling her names including “sow,” she said.

The other, Melissa Chinery, said she was harassed after announcing she was running for a union slot. Male flight attendants posted online comments calling her a “flipper,” a synonym for prostitute, as well as “c***,” her lawsuit claims.

Both allege they reported their abuse to the airline’s human resources division, but that no action was taken.

American Airlines flight attendants sue, say they’ve been called sows, prostitutes and worse on Facebook

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled “American Airlines flight attendants sue, say they’ve been called sows, prostitutes and worse on Facebook,” in The Charlotte Observer b and published on March 13, 2017, which can be found here.

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Two flight attendants, one of them based in Charlotte, have filed federal lawsuits against American Airlines over alleged sexual and gender harassment on Facebook and other social media.

They claim that American Airlines failed to enforce its policies governing social media use by employees, which forbids behavior such as using slurs and other online insults, including on the employees’ own accounts. The alleged harassment stems from online forums and Facebook groups where thousands of airline employees interact.

One of the flight attendants, Laura Medlin, is based at Charlotte, American Airlines’ second-busiest hub and a major employee base. More than 2,600 American flight attendants work from Charlotte.

The pair of lawsuits were filed in November, in federal court in Pennsylvania. The lawsuits are pending, with the plaintiffs seeking unspecified monetary damages.

American Airlines has denied the allegations and plans to defend itself, according to court filings. A spokesperson couldn’t immediately be reached for more information.

 Faye Riva Cohen of Philadelphia is the attorney representing Medlin. She said the issue comes down to whether American Airlines will enforce its social media policy.

“Some of the flight attendants, the females, are feeling that they (American Airlines) are not monitoring what it is taking place on social media, which is resulting in abusive-type bullying,” said Cohen.

In the lawsuit, Medlin, a flight attendant since 2000, said the online harassment started after she resigned from a union position. A group of male flight attendants based in Philadelphia started harassing her on social media, including Facebook, with insulting names such as “sow,” she maintains in the suit.

The other plaintiff, a Pennsylvania-based flight attendant named Melissa Chinery, said she became the target of harassment in 2014, when she announced that she was running for a union position. Like Medlin, Chinery said she was subjected to a harassment campaign by male flight attendants, including names such as “flipper,” a synomym for prostitute, as well as “c***,” according to the lawsuit. The suit also claims some of her confidential information was posted publicly.

Both women said they reported the harassment to American Airlines’ human resources department, which they said didn’t take appropriate steps to defend them or stop the abuse. Chinery said she was labeled a “snitch” and subject to retaliation from her coworkers, including unsubstantiated complaints against her. She eventually relocated to a crew base in another city.

Flight attendants sue, say they’ve been called sows, prostitutes and worse on Facebook

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled “Flight attendants sue, say they’ve been called sows, prostitutes and worse on Facebook,” in The Sacramento Bee b and published on March 13, 2017, which can be found here.

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Two flight attendants, one of them based in Charlotte, have filed federal lawsuits against American Airlines over alleged sexual and gender harassment on Facebook and other social media.

They claim that American Airlines failed to enforce its policies governing social media use by employees, which forbids behavior such as using slurs and other online insults, including on the employees’ own accounts. The alleged harassment stems from online forums and Facebook groups where thousands of airline employees interact.

One of the flight attendants, Laura Medlin, is based at Charlotte, American Airlines’ second-busiest hub and a major employee base. More than 2,600 American flight attendants work from Charlotte.

The pair of lawsuits were filed in November, in federal court in Pennsylvania. The lawsuits are pending, with the plaintiffs seeking unspecified monetary damages.

American Airlines has denied the allegations and plans to defend itself, according to court filings. A spokesperson couldn’t immediately be reached for more information.

 Faye Riva Cohen of Philadelphia is the attorney representing Medlin. She said the issue comes down to whether American Airlines will enforce its social media policy.

“Some of the flight attendants, the females, are feeling that they (American Airlines) are not monitoring what it is taking place on social media, which is resulting in abusive-type bullying,” said Cohen.

In the lawsuit, Medlin, a flight attendant since 2000, said the online harassment started after she resigned from a union position. A group of male flight attendants based in Philadelphia started harassing her on social media, including Facebook, with insulting names such as “sow,” she maintains in the suit.

The other plaintiff, a Pennsylvania-based flight attendant named Melissa Chinery, said she became the target of harassment in 2014, when she announced that she was running for a union position. Like Medlin, Chinery said she was subjected to a harassment campaign by male flight attendants, including names such as “flipper,” a synomym for prostitute, as well as “c***,” according to the lawsuit. The suit also claims some of her confidential information was posted publicly.

Both women said they reported the harassment to American Airlines’ human resources department, which they said didn’t take appropriate steps to defend them or stop the abuse. Chinery said she was labeled a “snitch” and subject to retaliation from her coworkers, including unsubstantiated complaints against her. She eventually relocated to a crew base in another city.

“The legal system has not caught up with what is happening on social media, as far as what people can say and can’t say, what is appropriate,” said Cohen. “Our allegation is, if you have a social media policy, such as American …why are they not enforcing some of the things that their policy prohibits?”

Said Cohen: “When you have thousands of employees interacting on social media, without any controls being exercised by their employer, that can lead to issues and problems.”

Flight attendants sue, say they’ve been called sows, prostitutes and worse on Facebook

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled “Flight attendants sue, say they’ve been called sows, prostitutes and worse on Facebook,” in WBTV.com On Your Side on March 13, 2017 which can be found here.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Mark Price and Ely Portillo/Charlotte Observer) – Two flight attendants, one of them based in Charlotte, have filed federal lawsuits against American Airlines over alleged sexual and gender harassment on Facebook and other social media.

They claim that American Airlines failed to enforce its policies governing social media use by employees, which forbids behavior such as using slurs and other online insults, including on the employees’ own accounts. The alleged harassment stems from online forums and Facebook groups where thousands of airline employees interact.

One of the flight attendants, Laura Medlin, is based at Charlotte, American Airlines’ second-busiest hub and a major employee base. More than 2,600 American flight attendants work from Charlotte.

The pair of lawsuits were filed in November, in federal court in Pennsylvania. They’re both still pending.

American Airlines has denied the allegations and plans to defend itself, according to court filings. A spokesperson couldn’t immediately be reached for more information.

Faye Riva Cohen of Philadelphia is the attorney representing Medlin. She said the issue comes down to whether American Airlines will enforce its social media policy.

“Some of the flight attendants, the females, are feeling that they (American Airlines) are not monitoring what it is taking place on social media, which is resulting in abusive-type bullying,” said Cohen.

In the lawsuit, Medlin, a flight attendant since 2000, said the online harassment started after she resigned from a union position. A group of male flight attendants based in Philadelphia started harassing her on social media, including Facebook, with insulting names such as “sow,” she maintains in the suit.

The other plaintiff, a Pennsylvania-based flight attendant named Melissa Chinery, said she became the target of harassment in 2014, when she announced that she was running for a union position. Like Medlin, Chinery said she was subjected to a harassment campaign by male flight attendants, including names such as “flipper,” a synomym for prostitute, as well as “c***,” according to the lawsuit. The suit also claims some of her confidential information was posted publicly.

Both women said they reported the harassment to American Airlines’ human resources department, which they said didn’t take appropriate steps to defend them or stop the abuse. Chinery said she was labeled a “snitch” and subject to retaliation from her coworkers, including unsubstantiated complaints against her. She eventually relocated to a crew base in another city.

“The legal system has not caught up with what is happening on social media, as far as what people can say and can’t say, what is appropriate,” said Cohen. “Our allegation is, if you have a social media policy, such as American …why are they not enforcing some of the things that their policy prohibits?”

Said Cohen: “When you have thousands of employees interacting on social media, without any controls being exercised by their employer, that can lead to issues and problems.”

 

Allegedly Called a ‘Sow:’ 2 Flight Attendants Sue American Airlines Over Online Harassment

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled “Allegedly Called a ‘Sow:’ 2 Flight Attendants Sue American Airlines Over Online Harassment,” in BVT News, which can be found here.

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Two flight attendants, one of them based in Charlotte, have filed federal lawsuits against American Airlines over alleged sexual and gender harassment on Facebook and other social media.

They claim that American Airlines failed to enforce its policies governing social media use by employees, which forbids behavior such as using slurs and other online insults, including on the employees’ own accounts. The alleged harassment stems from online forums and Facebook groups where thousands of airline employees interact.

One of the flight attendants, Laura Medlin, is based at Charlotte, American Airlines’ second-busiest hub and a major employee base. More than 2,600 American flight attendants work from Charlotte.

The pair of lawsuits were filed in November, in federal court in Pennsylvania. They’re both still pending.

American Airlines has denied the allegations and plans to defend itself, according to court filings. A spokesperson couldn’t immediately be reached for more information.

Faye Riva Cohen of Philadelphia is the attorney representing Medlin. She said the issue comes down to whether American Airlines will enforce its social media policy.

“Some of the flight attendants, the females, are feeling that they (American Airlines) are not monitoring what it is taking place on social media, which is resulting in abusive-type bullying,” said Cohen.

In the lawsuit, Medlin, a flight attendant since 2000, said the online harassment started after she resigned from a union position. A group of male flight attendants based in Philadelphia started harassing her on social media, including Facebook, with insulting names such as “sow,” she maintains in the suit.

The other plaintiff, a Pennsylvania-based flight attendant named Melissa Chinery, said she became the target of harassment in 2014, when she announced that she was running for a union position. Like Medlin, Chinery said she was subjected to a harassment campaign by male flight attendants, including names such as “flipper,” a synomym for prostitute, as well as “c***,” according to the lawsuit. The suit also claims some of her confidential information was posted publicly.

Both women said they reported the harassment to American Airlines’ human resources department, which they said didn’t take appropriate steps to defend them or stop the abuse. Chinery said she was labeled a “snitch” and subject to retaliation from her coworkers, including unsubstantiated complaints against her. She eventually relocated to a crew base in another city.

“The legal system has not caught up with what is happening on social media, as far as what people can say and can’t say, what is appropriate,” said Cohen. “Our allegation is, if you have a social media policy, such as American …why are they not enforcing some of the things that their policy prohibits?”

Said Cohen: “When you have thousands of employees interacting on social media, without any controls being exercised by their employer, that can lead to issues and problems.”

Philly Flight Attendant Sues American Airlines Over Alleged Facebook Harassment

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled “Philly Flight Attendant Sues American Airlines Over Alleged Facebook Harassment,” in The Philly Voice by Michael Tanenbaum, which can be found here.

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A Philadelphia-based flight attendant is one of two American Airlines flight attendants suing the company for its alleged failure to enforce its own social media, resulting in what the women claim was sexual harassment on Facebook.

The lawsuit, filed last November in federal court in Pennsylvania, accuses American Airlines of neglecting to intervene in a pair of incidents that unfolded on online forums and Facebook groups where many of the company’s employees interact with one another, according to the Associated Press.

Flight attendant Melissa Chinery claimed that she was targeted online in 2014 after announcing her intent to run for a union position. Chinery said a group of male flight attendants called her demeaning names including “flipper,” a slang term for prostitute, and “c—,” in addition to publicly posting confidential information about her, The Charlotte Observer reports.

The second plaintiff, Charlotte-based flight attendant Laura Medlin, alleges that she became the target of online harassment after resigning from a union post. In that incident, according to the lawsuit, a group of Philadelphia-based male flight attendants insulted her with various names including “sow” and insinuated that she was a prostitute.

The women are being represented by Philadelphia attorney Faye Riva Cohen, who said her clients feel American Airlines has failed to monitor online bullying activity among its employees. Under the company’s policy governing social media, slurs and harassment are prohibited on both company affiliated and personal accounts. The women are seeking unspecified monetary damages.

American Airlines has reportedly denied the allegations and plans to defend itself in court.

American Airlines Flight Attendants Sue Over Co-workers’ Facebook Posts

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled American Airlines Flight Attendants Sue Over Co-workers’ Facebook Posts, by The Associated Press and originally published in Dallas News on March 13, 2017, which can be found here.

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Two flight attendants are suing American Airlines over harassing Facebook messages posted by male co-workers.

The women say American failed to enforce its policy prohibiting employees from making insults or disparaging comments about co-workers on social media. They are claiming sex discrimination and sexual harassment, and are seeking unspecified damages.

An American spokesman said Monday that the lawsuits have no merit. American is headquartered in Fort Worth.

One of the flight attendants, Melissa Chinery of Philadelphia, said after announcing that she was seeking a union position, she was harassed by a group of male flight attendants and called obscene names. She said confidential information about her was posted.

The other flight attendant, Laura Medlin, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, described similar harassment after resigning from a union position.

 

Myriad Genetics (MYGN) And American Airlines Group (AAL); Active Concerns Wondering Movers

The Melissa Chinery and Laura Medlin cases against American Airlines, cases currently being litigated by my firm, the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., have been featured in an article entitled Myriad Genetics (MYGN) And American Airlines Group (AAL); Active Concerns Wondering Movers, by Richard Avery and originally published in Streetwise Report on March 14, 2017, which can be found here.

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Shares of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN) [Trend Analysis] runs in leading trade, it moving up 1.86% to traded at $19.67. The firm has price volatility of 2.67% for a week and 3.36% for a month. Its beta stands at 0.38 times. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (MYGN) reported that it has launched the EndoPredict test in the United States for patients with ER+ HER2- early-stage breast cancer. EndoPredict is a second-generation test for assessing the 10-year risk of disease recurrence following surgery and for determining which patients can safely forgo adjuvant chemotherapy.

“Recently’s launch strengthens our oncology product portfolio and represents a meaningful advancement in the treatment of patients with breast cancer,” said Lloyd Sanders, general manager, Oncology, Myriad Genetic Laboratories. “Along with our best-in-class tests for hereditary cancer and our companion diagnostics, the launch of EndoPredict underscores our commitment to pioneering science, personalized medicine and patient care.” Narrow down four to firm performance, its weekly performance was 2.18% and monthly performance was 21.87%. The stock price of MYGN is moving up from its 20 days moving average with 5.86% and isolated positively from 50 days moving average with 14.21%.

Several matter pinch shares of American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) [Trend Analysis], as shares moving down -3.49% to $42.37 with a share volume of 8.85 Million. Two flight attendants are suing American Airlines over harassing Facebook messages posted by male co-workers. The women say American failed to enforce its policy prohibiting employees from making insults or disparaging comments about co-workers on social media. They are claiming sex discrimination and sexual harassment, and are seeking unspecified damages.

An American spokesman said Monday that the lawsuits have no merit. American is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. One of the flight attendants, Melissa Chinery of Philadelphia, said after announcing that she was seeking a union position she was harassed by a group of male flight attendants and called obscene names. She said confidential information about her was posted. The other flight attendant, Laura Medlin, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, described similar harassment after resigning from a union position. The stock is going forward its 52-week low with 71.83% and moving down from its 52-week high price with -16.14%. To have technical analysis views, liquidity ratio of a company was calculated 0.70 as evaluated with its debt to equity ratio of 6.43. The float short ratio was 5.60%, as compared to sentiment indicator; Short Ratio was 4.37.

 

American Airlines Faces Workplace Harassment Lawsuits

Faye Riva Cohen, Esquire has been featured in an article entitled American Airlines Faces Workplace Harassment Lawsuits , by the Savvy Stews Staff and originally published in Savvy Stews on March 6, 2017, which can be found here.

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Workplace harassment complaints at American Airlines are mounting as the news of two lawsuits filed in United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania have surfaced.

Workplace Harassment Spreads to Social Media

Chinery v American Airlines (June 2016) claims harassment and gender discrimination by a group of Philadelphia-based male flight attendants which ignited on social media during a union campaign where the plaintiff sought election.

Chinery claims an ongoing pattern of harassment and a hostile work environment at American Airlines where she was subject to defamatory comments and gender-based harassment such as being called, among other things, a “cunt.”

She filed a complaint with American Airlines Human Resources which, the lawsuit alleges, was largely ignored.

American Ignored Complaints

In a letter from Ana Burke-Leon, Sr. Specialist, International Human Resources at American Airlines, who was assigned to investigage the complaint, Chinery was told the matter had been closed.  Burke-Leon wrote, “though the facts do not support a harassment claim, I can tell you that the appropriate action has been taken to ensure that such conduct does not repeat itself.” It seems Ms. Burke-Leon may have spoken too soon.
The complaint alleges Chinery then faced retaliation which included threats of discipline and repeated drug and alcohol tests.  Chinery later discovered there had been no action taken by management regarding her complaint until months after she was told the matter was resolved.

More Harassment Complaints Emerge

In November, 2016, another suit was filed.  Medlin v. American Airlines, which alleges a campaign of online social media and workplace harassment including threats, slander and defamation of character. Medlin also experienced having her repeated requests for help through human resources ignored.
Both Chinery and Medlin were assigned to Miami-based HR Specialist Dan Cleverly. Their complaints were left unanswered for more than three months. Cleverly eventually responded to Medlin’s complaint and addressed the delayed response by stating — “I’m very sorry about that. I clearly missed it.”

Perpetrators Receive Promotions and Special Assignments

The suit alleges “similarly situated male flight attendants were not subjected to the same harassment via social media.” Two of the men named in the complaint have since enjoyed promotions to various positions in the training department and elite committee and special assignment positions.  Both men continue their heavy social media presence often using profanity and acting in violation of the airline’s social media policy.
Sources say at least eleven women have claimed to have been bullied and harassed by these particular men, yet American doesn’t seem to be addressing the situation.
Chinery and Medlin are represented by David Koller and Faye Riva Cohen of Philadelphia.

We’ll provide updates as court records are updated.

American Flight Attendant Called ‘Sow’ Claims Bias Via Facebook (featuring Faye Riva Cohen, Esquire!)

Faye Riva Cohen, Esquire has been featured in an article entitled American Flight Attendant Called ‘Sow’ Claims Bias Via Facebook, by Patrick Dorrian and originally published in Bloomberg BNA on November 3, 2016, which can be found here.

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Male flight attendants with American Airlines sexually harassed a female colleague via social media, including calling her a “sow,” a lawsuit filed in federal court in Pennsylvania claims ( Medlin v. Am. Airlines , E.D. Pa., No. 2:16-cv-05708, complaint filed 11/1/16 ).

Laura Medlin says the “campaign of harassment” started after she resigned from a union position and that it was carried out over various social media outlets, including Facebook. She complained to human resources about the harassment, but the company neglected to enforce its social media use policy for employees, despite her repeated requests, and apparently never disciplined the workers who harassed her, Medlin alleges.

Discrimination against employees via social media, including sexual and other harassment, is an issue that has caught the attention of federal enforcement authorities, and it exposes employers to potential monetary and other legal liability. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces workplace discrimination laws, held a meeting on the issue in March 2014.

An employee rights attorney said during the meeting that personal social media accounts can sometimes play a part in workplace harassment.

“The issue is further complicated as more employers use a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy, in which they require or expect employees to use personal laptops, smartphones, or other technology while on the job,” Lynne Bernabei of Bernabei & Wachtel PLLC in Washington told the EEOC.

Policy Not Enforced, Plaintiff Charges

According to the complaint, American’s social media policy warned employees to be aware of their off-duty conduct and to show respect for co-workers when using social media, including refraining from making disparaging comments. The policy further warned that employees should avoid publicly posting anything that could potentially embarrass the employee or the airline.

Despite the policy, a group of male flight attendants in Philadelphia took to Facebook and other outlets to harass Medlin by calling her names and making disparaging comments about her, the complaint alleges. Male co-workers were not similarly harassed via social media, according to the complaint.

Medlin says she sent an e-mail to human resources in May 2015 complaining about the harassment, but never received a response. Further contact with HR in September 2015 resulted in her leaving a voicemail that wasn’t returned for two weeks. Even then, the HR specialist simply apologized for not getting back to her sooner and said he would be in touch “shortly,” the complaint asserts.

She reached out to the HR specialist two more times, but he did little more than apologize for the delay, Medlin alleges. When she still hadn’t heard anything from the company by July 2016, Medlin filed a charge with the EEOC.

Not only were her harassers apparently not disciplined, they also apparently were subsequently promoted, Medlin charges.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

“We just received the complaint and are looking into the allegations,” Matt Miller, an American Airlines spokesman, told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 2.Faye Riva Cohen in Philadelphia represents Medlin. No attorney has filed an appearance yet for American Airlines.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Dorrian in Washington at pdorrian@bna.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Peggy Aulino at maulino@bna.com; Terence Hyland at thyland@bna.com

Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 212 DLR A-6 (Nov. 2, 2016). Copyright 2016 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

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