Republic Airways accused of violating Indiana civil rights laws by denying to interview tattooed man
Man claims he could have covered tattoos
Last Updated: 91 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Republic Airways may have violated state civil rights laws by denying to interview a flight attendant candidate who had tattoos on his arms.
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission said Wednesday there is probable cause to support a man's claim that in May 2012, he was discriminated against by the Indianapolis-based airline because had visible tattoos on his forearms, even though the tattoos would have been concealed under the long-sleeved standard uniform shirt.
"Records show that female employees were permitted to sign a waiver indicating they would agree to conceal their tattoos. However, the alleging party was informed he was not eligible to sign this waiver," said ICRC Deputy Director Akia Haynes.
While the finding of probable cause doesn't resolve a civil rights complain, it means the state has determined there is sufficient evidence to support a claim that the Indiana Civil Rights Law has been violated.
The man must prove that he was qualified for the position and that a less-qualified female applicant was selected or that the job remained open.
A message was left for comment from Republic Airways.
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