Flight Attendant Role in Ending Discrimination Featured in Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Event Sponsored by the EEOC


October 23rd at Chicago’s Kent College of Law

AFA has been on the frontlines of advocating for civil rights for over half a century, beginning with the fight for gender equality. As part of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of

the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the role Flight Attendants have played in shaping American history will be honored on October 23 at ‘The Civil Rights Act of 1964 @ 50: The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination’.

This multi-media exploration of the critical role of Flight Attendants in the fight against sex discrimination in the workplace is sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. AFA President Emeritus Pat Friend will be among featured speakers, fa_mirror_(2).jpgincluding former plaintiffs and equal employment experts from government and academia. 

In the forefront of demanding equal rights, Flight Attendants used Title VII of the act to challenge discriminatory policies based on gender, race, age, weight, pregnancy and marital status. Over the next decade, AFA defeated airline rules requiring mandatory resignation at ages 30-35, prohibiting employment of married and pregnant Flight Attendants, and demanding equal pay.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 @ 50: The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination will take place on Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:00 AM at the Ogilvie Auditorium, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois. Join us.

Read more >  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/cra50th/

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