African American women charge racial, gender discrimination against airline


Two African American females claim they were repeatedly passed over for promotions and were not recognized for their outstanding performances due to their sex and race.

Sabrina A. Thompson and Jeannie A. Salazar filed a lawsuit July 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division against Continental/United Airlines. 


The women state that on Dec. 26, 2011, they were selected for an eight-week assignment in Sidney, Australia, to work on merging computer systems between Continental Airlines and United Airlines. However, while they were there, they allegedly suffered racial and gender discrimination, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs allege defendant Continental/United Airlines instituted a campaign of retaliation which included continually passing them over for promotions, failing to recognize them for outstanding performance, creating problems with their payroll, deleting their passwords, removing them from the list of employees to be provided uniforms and wrongfully subjecting them to discipline for fictitious infractions, the suit states.

The plaintiffs claim they faced these actions in retaliation for their complaints of the company’s discriminatory practices.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs allege breach of contract, race discrimination, sex discrimination, discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, libel, negligent hiring, retaliation and slander.

The plaintiffs seek damages within the jurisdictional limits of the court, plus exemplary damages, interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Attorney George L. Powell of Houston will be representing them.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division case number 4:14-cv-02087

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.