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Men Sue US Airways for Racial Discrimination

Two African-American men are suing US Airways airline for discrimination after an employee allegedly deemed their clothing "inappropriate" for the first-class section.

By// Mariah Craddick

Two African-American men are suing US Airways for discrimination after an employee allegedly deemed their clothing “inappropriate” for the first-class section, according to International Business Times

Brothers McCraig Warren and Miles Warren claimed they tried to board a plane in Denver when a worker told them they would have to change out of their jeans, hoodies and baseball caps in order to comply with their first-class dress code. They complied and changed into button-down shirts, dress shoes and slacks to return to the air craft. However, they later saw a White passenger and his Filipino friend in first class both wearing hoodies and jeans.

US Airways told Alternet that the two men were “pass-riders” traveling as a part of the airline’s employee travel program.

“All employees and pass-riders are expected to comply with the policies associated with this travel privilege,” the airline said.

The brothers’ lawyer, Rodney Diggs, told the New York Daily News that they got their buddy passes through a family friend who is a US Airways employee. However, they were never informed that different policies applied to reduce-fare tickets.

“If this is a policy, it has to be practiced at all times and not just selectively implemented when they want it to be implemented,” Diggs said.

The Warrens are seeking punitive damages for discrimination and emotional distress.