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The Washington State Commission Alleges Discrimination of Alaska Airlines Gendered Uniform Policy

The Washington State Commission on Human Rights said Monday that Alaska Airlines’ dress code policy requiring employees to wear either its “masculine” or “feminine” uniform is likely discriminatory.

The commission issued a “reasonable cause finding” of discrimination against the Seattle-based airline over the enforcement of its uniform policy in which flight attendants are forced to conform to a rigid set of gendered dress and grooming standards — which means that the company dictates whether employees may wear dresses or skirts; ties or neck scarves; have facial hair, or even wear lipstick.

The case stems from a complaint filed in December 2020 by Justin Wetherell, a flight attendant and flight-attendant instructor who was hired by the airline in July 2015.

Read the source article at nydailynews.com

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