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Judge Dismisses Pilots Racial Discrimination Lawsuit against United Continental

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A California judge recently dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed by pilots of United Continental, alleging discrimination against minority employees. The lawsuit alleged that minority employees at the airline were offered lower opportunities for promotions, compared to white employees.

The lawsuit was filed in May 2012 by 23 African-American pilots at the airline, and alleged that the airline employs highly subjective decision-making processes in promotion-related matters. The promotions ultimately discriminated against captains who were African-American or minorities.

According to the lawsuit, United subjected black pilots to a different employment track, and these employees were given part-time jobs. The company also offered them lowered levels of job security and low levels of opportunity for promotion. Compared to the minority employees, white employees got full-time jobs that came with high levels of job security, and higher wages. They also had greater access to promotion opportunities.

According to the lawsuit, the nonwhite pilots at the airline have for years now struggled with these inclusion issues, and have tried to address these issues. The lawsuit alleged that the company violated federal employment laws, by failing to promote at least 11 of the pilots in return for their activity in filing the lawsuit.

A US District Court in San Francisco has dismissed the lawsuit, citing deficiencies in the lawsuit. California employment lawyers do not believe that this is the end of the matter, however. The judge has ruled that the pilots can file an amended complaint to fix certain deficiencies in the lawsuit. According to the ruling, the lawsuit does not provide enough information to support the pilots' claims that they were negatively affected when the airline did not post some job positions, or when they were precluded from applying for certain positions.

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