Southwest Airlines Instructor to Get Sex Bias, Retaliation Trial

Jan. 19, 2021, 8:39 PM

Southwest Airlines Co. may have discriminated against a female field instructor when it fired her for not completing certain training in a single day, her poor reviews on other training, inaccurately logging her hours worked, and leaving early without telling her supervisor, the District of Arizona ruled.

A jury could find each of those explanations provided a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for the airline to terminate Leslie Sayers-Russell, the court said. Or a trial could show Southwest’s cited reasons were instead pretexts for bias based on Sayers-Russell’s sex, the court said.

Sayers-Russell says she believed her direct supervisor Paul DiDomenico was ...

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