Former CEO of Delta Air Lines, Joe Louis, is suing the airline, claiming his dismissal in March 2017 for sexually harassing women and forcing them to share intimate photos on social media was motivated by “racism, gender-based discrimination, and an attempt to humiliate and humiliate the plaintiffs and the Delta community.”
Louis filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, saying he was fired for making derogatory comments about the women and their families during an appearance on MSNBC.
Louis also filed a separate lawsuit alleging the airline failed to follow its policies and did not take sufficient steps to stop Louis’ behavior.
The airline says it was “committed to creating a culture of harassment and safety and has taken steps to address it.”
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas.
The suit alleges the airline violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act and the Texas Civil Rights Act.
Delta said it was reviewing the lawsuit.
“We believe that we have taken steps and are committed to doing so,” said spokeswoman Anna Dyer.
Delta also said in a statement that the company had made significant improvements in the last year to its anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies. “
Delta takes its commitment to diversity and inclusion very seriously, and the company is reviewing this lawsuit.”
Delta also said in a statement that the company had made significant improvements in the last year to its anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies.
“In 2016, Delta implemented a comprehensive anti-discriminatory plan and has committed to ensuring that all employees are treated with respect and dignity.
We have taken many steps in the past year to improve our culture and the way we treat women, including the establishment of a task force to address gender-specific harassment and a pilot program to help train our team members on harassment, including gender-related discrimination,” the airline said.
“The company is committed to taking meaningful steps to improve the lives of our employees, including making sure that any allegations of discrimination or harassment are investigated, and making a commitment to hire and promote women who are treated fairly, equally, and with dignity.”
The former Delta chief executive is seeking $10 million in damages.
The lawsuit is not the first time Louis has taken a legal fight over sexual misconduct to court.
He filed a similar case in February 2017 in federal court in New York.
In that case, Louis said he had been fired for harassing a female employee, but that his actions were not sexual in nature.
Louis has been married for more than 50 years and has two daughters.
He is a board member for the Dallas Cowboys.