Women Charge FAA Coworkers with Sexual Harassment

Air traffic controllers Jan Gonzales and Linda Owens have filed a class-action internal complaint with their employer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for sexual harassment. Because six months has passed since they filed the complaint, their lawyers can now file a lawsuit in federal court. The lawyers said about 25 female controllers have submitted statements which accuse their male coworkers of using crude and hostile language about women, making anonymous threats, stalking, and committing other harassing acts spanning the last two decades. San Francisco lawyer Brad Yamauchi said he will initiate the class action on behalf of the females alleging that the hazing and belittling of women was aimed at getting them to quit or preventing them from being promoted to better-paying assignments at bigger airports.


USA Today - July 18,1997

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