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Black flight attendant sues Delta 'for firing her after she shared cartoon of Trump in KKK mask' 

A black Delta Airlines flight attendant says she was canned after posting a cartoon image featuring ex-President Donald Trump in a Ku Klux Klan hood.

That’s according to a new lawsuit filed Monday in a Georgia court. The flight attendant in question, Leondra Taylor, was fired in April 2021.

She originally posted the image in September 2020 after the first presidential debate between Trump and President Joe Biden ahead of the November election.

The cartoon, which first appeared in the Montreal Gazette, shows moderator Chris Wallace saying to Trump, “Thank you, Mr. President, for wearing your mask.” The former host of The Apprentice is shown wearing a KKK hoodie.

That was the infamous debate in which Trump told the alt-right group The Proud Boys to “step back and stand by.”

Taylor shared the photo on her personal Facebook page, reports cnn. Lawsuit alleges Taylor was released after being ‘discriminated against’ [her] because of her race.’

It’s unclear who brought the meme to the attention of the Delta bosses, and no further details have been shared about the disciplinary process that led to Taylor’s firing.

The infamous cartoon depicted the debate in which Trump told the alt-right group the Proud Boys to 'step back and stick with it'

The infamous cartoon depicted the debate in which Trump told the alt-right group the Proud Boys to ‘step back and stick with it’

Delta is the only major US airline where flight attendants are not unionized.  Leondra says her firing was partly in retaliation for helping another flight attendant who was fired

Delta is the only major US airline where flight attendants are not unionized.  Leondra says her firing was partly in retaliation for helping another flight attendant who was fired

Delta is the only major US airline where flight attendants are not unionized. Leondra says her firing was partly in retaliation for helping another flight attendant who was fired

The lawsuit refers to a white colleague who also posted political messages on their social media page, but was not fired.

Delta is the only major US airline where flight attendants are not unionized.

In addition to the charges of racial bias, Taylor said she was also singled out over a previous incident where she helped another flight attendant who was fired for her use of social media.

According to the lawsuit, Taylor alleges that Delta began studying her social media activities after helping her former colleague.

The former flight attendant claims she made a political statement but that it was not “hateful or discriminatory.”

The CNN report cites the lawsuit as saying that the image “simultaneously made a statement about Trump’s denial of the need for COVID protective measures, and that racial discrimination against African Americans was a systemic problem that started at the top, with then-president.” ‘.

In January 2021, Taylor claims she was confronted by fellow delta workers who told her her Facebook posts were “unacceptable.”

In February, Taylor was told she would be suspended because her “political positions were racially motivated,” CNN reports.

Taylor is seeking damages for mental and emotional suffering, damages and lost wages. The lawsuit alleges that Delta was “deliberate, malicious, willful and intentional” in their treatment of Taylor.

In response to the lawsuit, Delta says Taylor has violated the company’s social media policies.

The Atlanta-based airline told Business Insider in a statement, “If Delta employees mix the Delta brand with behavior or content that does not reflect our values ​​of professionalism, inclusion and respect, that behavior could result in disciplinary action or termination.”

It continued, “While personnel matters are considered private between Delta and its employees, the circumstances described by our former employee are not an accurate or complete explanation of the company’s termination decision.”

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The artist behind the cartoon, Terry Mosher, tweeted about the lawsuit, saying, “According to CNN, one of my cartoons is at the center of a US lawsuit!”

The artist behind the cartoon, Terry Mosher, tweeted about the lawsuit, saying, “According to CNN, one of my cartoons is at the center of a US lawsuit!”

In his work, Mosher uses the nickname Aislin.

It has been a difficult summer for Delta employees. The FAA announced in May that Delta pilots missed 19,985 days due to illness, a 45% increase from 13,786 days in May 2019.

In June, pilot absenteeism rose 50% from June 2019. Delta also reported that its flight attendants missed 43,908 days in May due to illness, a 23% increase, according to the FAA.

Earlier in August, the guard reported that flight attendants at the company tried to collect signatures to force a vote, leading employees to vote on whether or not to join the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

An Atlanta flight attendant named Shemeka told the paper, “We’re taking the first step to make our workplace better, not just for me, but for my fellow flight attendants and those who follow.”

She added: “I would like to be at the table when it comes to negotiating my workgroup, my compensation, my work-life balance, and the only way to achieve this is by bringing our collective power to the negotiating table. ‘

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