Flight attendant sues Delta Air Lines after being fired for posting a cartoon of Donald Trump wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood on Facebook

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A former Delta flight attendant who was let go for a Facebook post is suing the company.

According to Leondra Taylor, Delta informed her that the post violated their social media policy and was “racially motivated.”

The former flight attendant claimed that the airline fired her without justification as retaliation.

After being dismissed after posting a caricature of Donald Trump with a Ku Klux Klan hood on Facebook, a former flight attendant for Delta is suing the airline.

According to court records obtained by Insider, Leondra Taylor claims that the airline’s illegal retaliation led to her termination and that it violated her civil rights.

Representatives for Delta Air Lines did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Taylor, who is African-American, said in the lawsuit she was dismissed in April 2021 over a cartoon that Delta deemed to be “racially motivated” and in breach of its social media policy.

The image showed the former president wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood at a debate with Joe Biden as a moderator says: “Thank you, Mr. President, for wearing your mask.”

Taylor acknowledged sharing the photo on Facebook, but insists that although being political, the post was not offensive, rude, or racist. The complaint claimed that the cartoon really made a point about the COVID-19 safety precautions and institutionalized racism against African-Americans.

The case, which was filed in a district court in Georgia, claimed that Taylor’s social media activity was extensively investigated by Delta after she assisted another flight attendant who was also terminated for violating the company’s rigorous social media standards.

The complaint claimed that a white Delta worker who had made political remarks on social media had not been fired.

In recent months, Delta’s flight attendants have struggled with challenging working circumstances. In the midst of a chaotic summer of travel, one employee told The Guardian that she and her coworkers tolerated “so much” abuse from passengers.

The Delta flight attendants are attempting to unionize. It is the only significant US airline where the cabin crew is not unionized.

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