by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Two female flight attendants have joined four pilots in filing federal discrimination complaints against their employer, Frontier Airlines, alleging the carrier did not provide accommodations for breastfeeding and other pregnancy-related consideration.
The American Civil Liberties Union and a New York City-based law firm are representing the plaintiffs.
The crew members filed the discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week.
Flight Attendants: Breastfeeding Not Allowed
Flight attendants Jo Roby, a 13-year Frontier veteran, and Stacy Rewitzer, an employee of the carrier for 11 years, accuse the airline of refusing to grant them maternity leave and forcing them to take unpaid leave after delivering their babies.
When they asked for accommodations to allow them to pump breast milk between flights, “they were told that no accommodations were possible and were forbidden from pumping while on duty – although they typically work shifts over 10 hours long with back-to-back flights,” the ACLU said in a release.
Rewitzer says she faced disciplinary action “and risk of termination.”