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American Airlines Flight Attendants File Suit Over Uniforms

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American Airlines employees filed lawsuit against the manufacturer of their uniforms, which allegedly caused severe health problems to a huge number of flight attendants.

Attorneys said in a statement that a group of more than 100 flight attendants, led by Heather Poole, filed the suit in California against Twin Hill Acquisition Co. Inc. and parent company Tailored Brands Purchasing, LLC

As per the filing, the fabric used in the uniforms, which were introduced in the fall of 2016, is dangerously defective and exposed them to chemicals detected in the synthetic materials. More than 3,000 flight attendants and about 200 pilots have complained about the health issues. The uniforms reportedly caused symptoms including extreme respiratory distress, nausea, headaches, cognitive issues, and full-body rashes. There was at least one instance of heavy metal poisoning.

The health issues have forced many flight attendants to put their careers on hold to seek medical attention, the filing noted.

The complaint also stated that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the dangers related with wearing the clothing.

Poole, who has worked as a flight attendant for 21 years, said, "Most of us washed our uniforms dozens of times to get rid of the chemicals but that didn't work. We even soaked them in vinegar. Nothing worked. There was nothing we could do to insure we weren't being exposed to poison."

Meanwhile, Twin Hill reportedly said that the allegations are without merit, and noted that a court ruled against a suit brought by Alaska Airlines flight attendants reporting similar complaints.

American Airlines, in June, had announced that it will drop Twin Hill as its uniform supplier, but new uniforms are not expected to be ready until 2020.

by RTT Staff Writer

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