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Airline could not act according to the pilot. Lawyed Photos by United Flight Attendant, USS Says



For years, a United Airlines pilot has posted naked and sexually suggestive photos of a flight attendant online, referring to her job, and even posting photos of her, in part in her uniform, as court records prove

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But according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United did not intervene and ruled that the pilot's actions did not constitute sexual harassment in the workplace, and the federal agency accused the airline To discriminate against women and not protect them from a hostile working environment

The lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Texas demands compensation for the woman identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit and urges United to avoid any sexual discrimination

In an email on Friday, a United spokeswoman said that the company did not agree to the description of the situation it was denied. "United does not tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace and becomes energetic defend against this case, "she said. 19659006] The suit comes as United seeks to recover from a series of episodes that have forced public apologies, including a widespread video of a passenger being dragged off an airplane and an outcry about the death of a dog , who was stored in a luggage compartment against the airline policy.

The flight attendant began a friendly relationship with pilot Mark Uhlenbrock in 2002. During her relationship, she allowed him to take pictures of her in "provocative poses," according to the lawsuit.

The photos, the suit said, "were never meant to be anything but intimate and private between them as a couple." But in 2006, the couple split up after the woman learned that Mr. Uhlenbrock had racy photos of herself you had put online.

Over the next decade, Mr. Uhlenbrock regularly released sexually explicit pictures of her, including g in her flight attendant uniform, according to the lawsuit. Sometimes he also identified her name, occupation and home base. It was, he said, "a new reason to fly the friendly sky" – a reference to United's slogan, the lawsuit.

The images – seen by at least two of her United employees – interfered with her ability to do a job that "values ​​personal rapport and coziness," according to the EEOC