American Airlines/Envoy, reinstate my husband's job please
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On Sunday July 17th, 2017 my husband, Steven, was at work, just like any other day. He was an Operations Supervisor for Envoy Air, owned by American Airlines. He and another coworker were making coffee for a flight when the coffee machine began to malfunction during the second or third pot. Steven's coworker said "that is coming out clear." When the next pot of coffee was coming out, Steven said "that is blacker than black," referring to the color of the coffee.
An employee was nearby and mistook what Steven said for a racial remark. This employee put in a complaint and Steven was suspended from work and ultimately fired. Steven filed an appeal and met with the Regional Managing Director, all to no avail.
Steven was a dedicated employee, to say the least. He began his employment with Envoy, an American Airlines company, five years ago. He started on the ramp and quickly became a supervisor. In October of 2014, Steven and I relocated from Chicago to Des Moines for his position. We left our friends and families and everything we knew for Steven's career. We had a baby the following spring. When I was in the hospital having my baby, he was unable to be there full time because of his job. He's left many times in the middle of the night to come in and assist with planes that had mechanical issues, diversions, etc., even after working 10/12 hour days. He's worked on days off and that cost us extra daycare expenses and stress. There is no question of his commitment to the company.
For American Airlines to blow this out of proportion is wrong and it has caused our family extreme hardship and stress. I ask that American Airlines please reinstate his employment with the company because his words were to describe the color of coffee, not a person.
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