Tell Frontier Airlines: Sexism Won't Fly
Update (5/16/17): The ACLU filed new charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of two flight attendants who claim that the company has discriminated against them and other female flight attendants by prohibiting them from pumping while on duty and forcing them onto unpaid leave. The new charges are similar to those filed approximately a year ago on behalf of four female pilots at Frontier.
It’s 2017 – how is it that working mothers are STILL facing this kind of discrimination at the workplace?
Frontier Airlines’ policies put pilots and flight attendants with newborn babies in an impossible position, essentially forcing them to choose between their jobs and breastfeeding their children. The airline refuses to change its tune.
- Frontier penalizes pregnant flight attendants who miss work because of pregnancy-related complications.
- Frontier forces pregnant pilots onto unpaid leave at the end of their pregnancies, but fails to offer alternative assignments so they can keep earning a paycheck.
- Frontier offers no paid maternity leave, leaving most pilots and flight attendants no choice but to return to work when their babies are only a few months old and still nursing.
- But Frontier doesn’t make accommodations for pumping at work, outright prohibiting some employees from doing it while on duty—essentially forcing them onto unpaid leave.
This sounds like something out of ‘Mad Men’ – but these practices are alive and well at Frontier Airlines.
Frontier pilots have suffered from painful infections and risked losing their milk supply because they can’t pump at work. Many have had to stop breastfeeding sooner than planned or even quit their jobs after giving birth.
Frontier flight attendants fear for their jobs because they have been told they are prohibited from pumping while on duty, even though they often work over 10 hour shifts.
Women are only around 6% of commercial pilots—this number can’t be expected to rise until the industry accounts for the realities of motherhood.
What’s more, how is it that even for flight attendants, a field that is majority female, Frontier still fails to take into account pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Frontier needs to take a hard look at how it treats employees who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell Frontier that it’s 2017, and sexism won’t fly.