United Airlines Loses Gender Lawsuit

December 26, 2001 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A federal jury awarded a former United Airlines ramp supervisor $55,000 in a civil rights lawsuit. The plaintiff, Mina Lundien, claimed she was fired because of her gender.

Ludien was fired in 1997 for a safety violation involving the shipping of a box of shotgun shells for the US Olympic team, according to an Associated Press report.

She contended that a man in her position would not have been fired. A federal jury in Denver agreed after a five-day trial that ended Friday.

Witness testified during the trial that a variety of safety violations committed by male ramp workers never resulted in firings. Witnesses also said that some of the men were not disciplined either. 

Lundien worked at United for six years and was one of three women out of 36 ramp supervisors.

The jury awarded Lundien $27,500 for emotional damages and $27,500 in punitive damages. The court has yet to schedule a hearing to determine back pay and loss of benefits owed to Lundien during the four years since she was fired.