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At A Glance
This Alert Affects:
Delta Air Lines employees who were required to wear Passport Plum uniforms manufactured by Lands’ End.
What’s Going On?
Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed against Lands’ End, Inc. claiming that the uniforms it provided for Delta Airlines contain an array of toxic chemicals and heavy metals that have made employees sick.
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
A lawsuit could provide Delta employees with money for their medical expenses, income they missed out on due to their health issues, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Countless Delta Air Lines workers have filed suit claiming that the uniforms they’re being forced to wear at work are making them sick.
In light of these allegations, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking to speak with any Delta Airline employee who was required to wear the “Passport Plum” uniform in the hopes of filing their own lawsuits.
How Does the Lawsuit Say Employees Are Falling Ill?
It has been alleged that the chemical additives and finishes used to make the uniforms waterproof, comfortable, and wrinkle- and stain-resistant are also what’s making workers fall ill.
One lawsuit claims that the following are among the chemicals and heavy metals found to be in the Passport Plum uniforms “in far excess of industry-accepted safe levels for garments”:
What Health Issues May Be Related to the Uniforms?
The lawsuits claim that the following are among the health issues reported by Delta Air Lines employees:
Headaches and migraines
Ringing in the ears
Swollen lymph nodes
Low white blood cell counts
One flight attendant claims that her rashes looked like chemical burns, made it “impossible to sleep,” and “took weeks” to go away.
She says she even needed to take an antibiotic because part of the rash got infected. The rashes have been so severe that some doctors have reportedly advised flight attendants to bring EpiPens on board in case they break out mid-flight.
Is Delta Doing Anything About the Uniforms?
It has been alleged that some Delta employees are reluctant to complain about their symptoms because they are non-union and can be fired at any time. Some workers, one lawsuit claims, have resorted to “suffering in silence,” opting to wear long underwear or other clothing underneath their uniforms to protect themselves.
Many workers who did request alternate clothing were given other uniforms that allegedly caused the same health effects. Further, it has been alleged that Delta told workers who did not want to wear the uniforms that they would have to submit disability accommodation requests, with the option for short-term leave.
In January 2020, Delta Airlines announced that it would be replacing the uniforms and is in the middle of “starting the process.”
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
Although Delta is promising to replace the Passport Plum uniforms, a class action lawsuit could help flight attendants and other workers recover money from Lands’ End, Inc., the manufacturer of these uniforms.
It has been alleged that some flight attendants needed to seek emergency medical care, including while out of the state or country, for their injuries. A lawsuit could provide compensation for these medical expenses, as well as for physical pain, emotional suffering and lost income.