Tuesday, January 30, 2001
Japanese court give United Airlines the okay to discriminate
A story released today by Airline Industry Information
reports that a lawsuit launched against United Airlines by a flight attendant working for
the US carrier's unit in Japan has been rejected by a Tokyo District Court.
The 54-year-old single woman argued that an allowance provided to married employees by the
carrier amounted to 'unjust discrimination against single workers.' The lawsuit sought
JPY16m damages according to Kyodo News Agency.
A Tokyo District Court judge has ruled however that there were no 'unjust factors' in
United Airlines' policy, which was viewed as protecting the family relationship rather
than providing payment for labour.
The story says that United Airlines provides all its married employees with a JPY16,500
allowance regardless of whether their spouses are financially dependent on them.