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Alphabet soup of charges against US Airways in Philly

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The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP has sued US Airways, alleging a pattern of discrimination in employment and job assignments at the Philadelphia International Airport.

The complaint alleges the airline assigns workers based on race and uses racially charged derogatory terms for gate-ticketing assignments. For example, gate “C” is allegedly called Camden, after Camden, N.J., a Philadelphia suburb with a large minority population. According to the complaint, minority employees are channeled to gate “C” assignments.

The suit also charges that white employees get plush assignments at gate “A,” which handles international and business travelers. Gate “A” is referred to as “King of Prussia” after the affluent suburb.

The suit says minority workers seem to draw frequent assignments at gate “F,” the farthest from the other airport terminals and the one with the fewest amenities.

Responding to the lawsuit, a US Airways spokesperson didn’t address the specific complaints, but said the company has zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination of any kind.

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