According to a lawsuit filed Monday, Delta Air Lines fired a flight attendant for posting a political cartoon with Donald Trump in a Ku Klux Klan hood.
Leondra Taylor filed for employment discrimination in response to her dismissal in April 2021, CNN informed of,
the cartoon in question was Published by Montreal Gazette and flared up at the first presidential debate in September 2020. Trump is pictured backstage at a debate with a Klan hood over his head. Moderator Chris Wallace’s quote from the bubble read: “Thank you, Mr. President, for wearing your mask.”
During the debate, Trump was asked to reject far-right extremists and he responded proud boys telling “Stand back and stand by.”
According to CNN, Taylor said she actually shared the cartoon on her personal Facebook page. However, Taylor, who is Black, argued that Delta “discriminated against her because of her race.”
In the suit, she said the post was a political statement but was not “hateful or discriminatory,” CNN reported. She said the cartoon “as well as a statement about Trump’s denial of the need for COVID protective measures, and that racial discrimination against African Americans was a systemic issue, started with the then-president at the top.”
Delta said Taylor violated the company’s social media policy.
“When Delta employees mix Delta’s brand with conduct or content that does not reflect our values of professionalism, inclusion and respect, that conduct may result in discipline or termination,” the airline said. told Business Insider, “While personnel issues between Delta and its employees are considered private, the circumstances described by our former employee are not an accurate or complete interpretation of the Company’s termination decision.”