A vicious catfight between flight attendants onboard an American Airlines flight has led one FA to sue her employer for failing to investigate.
Flight Attendant Kathy Ida Wolfe is suing American, her employer, for:
- dangerous work environment
- breach of contract
According to the Dallas Morning News,
Kathy Ida Wolfe claims in her lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court, that Laura Powers “maliciously dug her fingernails into my arm, and slammed the door of a beverage cart on my arm” during the June 2016 flight.
Wolfe said Powers, 56, of Flower Mound, then “grabbed my scarf, choking me, and dragged me in the aisle and in front of the passengers,” according to the lawsuit.
She claims that she immediately reported the incident to the captain, flight service manager, and fellow flight attendants. On the ground, she reported the incident to her supervisor. But apparently an investigation never took place, at least not to Wolfe’s liking. She eventually reported the incident to law enforcement authorities as well before filing suit.
American was (wisely) tight-lipped about the incident, issuing only a brief statement:
American strives to create a work environment in which all team members feel safe and respected.
At the same time, American’s reply to her lawsuit essentially argued that it takes two to tango and that it is therefore “not liable because Plaintiff caused or contributed to cause the harm for which recovery of damages is sought.”
Mark this issue as developing. I suspect American would not have filed the answer they did without due diligence. And logically, why would anyone suddenly dig their fingernails into your arm then slam a beverage cart into you, grab your scarf in an attempt to choke you, then drag you down the aisle in front of passengers…unless you did something to provoke it?