Delta employees at CVG allege racial discrimination

Updated: Sep. 4, 2015 at 11:53 PM EDT
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HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - Four current and former employees are alleging racial discrimination against Delta Airlines in a federal complaint filed Thursday.

The class-action complaint is against the airline company and several managers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. It claims white managers have created a hostile working environment by making it "clear that they favor white employees over African-American employees."

The workers allege black baggage handlers were disproportionally assigned to service larger jets with heavier bags and had to "work the ramp in inclement weather, while white employees are permitted to remain in the break room."

Brandon Freeman, the lead plaintiff, was terminated in May 2014 after management took issue with an inter-racial relationship he had with another worker, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs accuse Delta of being aware of the discrimination but conducting a "less than adequate investigation into the matter, with an eye towards "whitewashing" it," documents state.

The plaintiffs are seeking back-pay and compensation as a result of the alleged discrimination.

FOX19 NOW has reached out to Delta and CVG.

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