Twenty-four African-American employees — including three pilots — of United Airlines, which is owned by parent company United Continental (NYSE:UAL), filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the company on Tuesday.
The employees claim that the airline sustains policies that limit African-Americans from receiving promotions, The Chicago Tribune reports. Twenty-two of the plaintiffs allege they’ve been illegally overlooked for promotions.
“United does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind. We believe this lawsuit is without merit and will vigorously defend ourselves,” the airline said in a statement according to the Tribune.
Plaintiff Capt. Fred Robinson offered his view of the situation in a separate statement. “The company’s employment policies involve uncontrolled subjective criteria that are applied in an arbitrary manner, further promoting racial biases and stereotypes to the detriment of many extremely qualified management candidates,” Robinson said.