Sunday, March 16, 2003

Flight attendants lose free travel won in discrimination suit



The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Flight attendants who fought TWA over its policy of grounding pregnant employees will not get the free travel they won in a 1995 settlement.

A federal appeals court ruled last week that American Airlines, which bought bankrupt TWA in 2001, does not have to honor the flight vouchers given to 2,053 attendants as compensation for being forced to take unpaid maternity leaves in the 1970s and '80s.

Most of the coupons were still unused because flight attendants had saved them for retirement.

A spokeswoman for American Airlines had no comment.

The appeals court said forcing TWA's buyers to honor old debts could have sunk the sale and resulted in the loss of 20,000 jobs.



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