Excess Baggage Is Not a Firing Offense

The same day in 1989 that American Airlines gave flight attendant Sherri Cappello her 25-year pin, they fired her for being 11 lbs. overweight. Last week Cappello, now the vice president of American's flight-attendants union, watched with satisfaction as the airline was forced to lift the limits that had cost her a job. After lawsuits by the union and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, American agreed to revise its standards. Under the settlement, the company's 1959 weight requirements will be relaxed, and employees will be able to weigh more as they age. Violators will be required to lose just 2 lbs....

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