Delta work­ers sue man­u­fac­turer Lands’ End over uni­forms

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Hun­dreds of Delta Air Lines em­ploy­ees have filed a pair of class ac­tion law­suits against Wis­con­sin­based cloth­ing man­u­fac­turer Lands’ End, claim­ing that uni­forms they are re­quired to wear are caus­ing se­ri­ous med­i­cal prob­lems.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported that the first law­suit against the At­lanta-based air­line was filed in Oc­to­ber with a sec­ond on Tues­day in fed­eral court in Madi­son, the Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal re­ported Fri­day. Lands’ End is based in Dodgeville, a small town about 120 miles west of Mil­wau­kee.

The law­suits al­lege that the uni­forms, cre­ated by fash­ion de­signer Zac Posen and un­veiled in May 2018, have caused numer­ous Delta em­ploy­ees to break out in skin rashes, suf­fer hair loss, low white blood cell counts, mi­graines, cause breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and other med­i­cal prob­lems. The law­suits claim that Lands’ End was neg­li­gent in is­su­ing the uni­forms and fail­ing to re­call them once prob­lems were re­ported.

Lands’ End spokes­woman Tricia Dud­ley de­clined to com­ment, cit­ing the on­go­ing lit­i­ga­tion.

The law­suits claim that the chem­i­cals and fin­ishes used to cre­ate high-stretch, wrin­kle- and stain-re­sis­tant, wa­ter­proof, anti-static and de­odor­iz­ing gar­ments for the uni­forms led to em­ploy­ees’ health prob­lems.

More than 500 cur­rent or for­mer em­ploy­ees are listed as plain­tiffs in the law­suit filed Tues­day. The Oc­to­ber law­suit was brought on be­half of any flight at­ten­dants, cus­tomer ser­vice agents, ramp agents or any­one else re­quired to wear the Pass­port Plum uni­forms.

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