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Judge dismisses racial discrimination suit against United Continental

Plaintiffs did not adequately support their claims, but have until May 20 to file an amended complaint

United Continental Holdings Inc. is free of a racial discrimination lawsuit—for now.

U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney dismissed a lawsuit brought against the airline in May 2012 by black pilots who claimed that the company promotes more white employees than minorities. The 23 pilots alleged “highly subjective decision making,” and claimed that United gave black pilots part-time jobs with less job security than their white counterparts. They sought back pay and unspecified punitive damages, and also wanted to put a stop to the discriminatory practices.

Chesney ruled that the pilots failed to offer up enough information to support their claims. However, the judge did give the plaintiffs until May 20 to file an amended complaint, so United isn’t completely out of hot water yet.

Read more at Bloomberg.


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