After American Airlines introduced a new uniform for its flight attendants in September of 2016, multiple attendants began to suffer from mysterious illnesses: violent nausea, respiratory distress, and skin sensitivities As it turns out, the company providing the uniforms had added formaldehyde, which had in turn seemed to make these attendants sick. Now, four attendants have been awarded $1 million as a result of a drawn out court case in California, the Washington Post reports.
Formaldehyde is actually a fairly common inclusion in clothing, as it helps to prevent wrinkles. In the case of the AA flight attendants, however, the formaldehyde in their cotton blouses resulted in a series of illnesses that, in many cases, prevented the attendants from working.
Other attendants noted chronic bronchitis, swollen eyes, lung damage, and more as a result of the Twin Hill-made blouses.
This isn’t the first time Twin Hill has been at the wrong end of a lawsuit, either; back in 2013, Alaska Airlines flight attendants filed a similar suit after their new uniforms seemed to cause rashes, hives, and other skin problems. In that case, Twin Hill won the suit.
In the more modern case, however, over $1 million was awarded to four flight attendants who raised concerns — but this won’t be the last we hear of this suit. In 2017, 425 employees filed the suit, and lawyers are tackling them one case at a time.
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