Published on Monday, August 7, 2017

Lawsuit filed over American Airlines' crew uniforms

American Airlines is facing a lawsuit from flight crew over its new uniforms, following thousands of complaints over the past few months about 'adverse reactions' since they were introduced.

For several months crew members had complained of rashes, headaches, fatigue, and even respiratory problems, with over 3,500 complaints logged.

Two flight attendants have filed a class action lawsuit asking manufacturer Twin Hill and the airline to recall all uniforms issued to about 60,000 workers.

Both American and Twin Hill have said there is no evidence to suggest the uniforms cause any ill effects to health.

The lawsuit claims 'thousands of American Airlines flight attendants and pilots began reporting serious adverse reactions only after the new uniforms were introduced'.

Months after the official issue of the new uniforms, the airline gave the option of wearing an alternative.

American spokeswoman Lakesha Brown said: "We would never ask our team members to wear an unsafe uniform."

Twin Hill said in a separate statement: "Nothing in the complaint filed by two American Airlines flight attendants changes the fact that there is absolutely no evidence linking any of the symptoms alleged to our uniforms."

A judge will rule whether the lawsuit can move ahead with class action status.

More than 3,500 complaints were logged over medical issues attributed to the new uniforms, a union official said.

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