Probe Into Confederate Flag Posts Backed Firing, United Says

Law360 (September 21, 2020, 5:59 PM EDT) — United Airlines Inc. fired a longtime employee after her Facebook posts depicting the Confederate flag led to revelations that she had “berated, belittled and harassed” subordinates, not because of her age and gender, the airline told a Colorado federal court.

United filed a motion for summary judgment on Friday, arguing that airport operations supervisor Rhonda Patterson-Eachus should have her age and sex discrimination suit ended because an internal investigation into Patterson-Eachus’ “divisive” Facebook posts revealed “rude and unprofessional” conduct that justified her firing.

“Based on the information obtained in the investigation, senior management concluded that plaintiff’s disrespectful, inconsistent and harsh interactions…

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