Are the Cintas Uniforms Worn by Southwest Airlines Employees Making Them Ill?
Hundreds of Southwest Airlines employees have reportedly leveled complaints about their uniforms to their union representatives. The issue began in 2017 when Southwest flight attendants reported that their new uniforms were leading to hives, rashes, hair loss, breathing problems and other health complications.
It was the first redesign of their uniforms in roughly two decades. While Southwest maintains that independent labs have analyzed the uniforms and verified they are non-toxic, employees object that they still have not been informed as to the precise materials and chemicals used in the creation of the uniforms. Additional testing of the uniforms has revealed the presence of chemicals and heavy metals far in excess of industry accepted standards.
So What Could Be Causing These Issues?
Cintas, the Southwest Air Lines uniform manufacturers, has been tasked with making clothes that are inexpensive and easy to care for, allowing them to be worn and laundered with minimal complications. Representatives from the Association of Flight Attendants have pointed out that there is no governing standard for how uniforms are made in the United States.
So could these Cintas uniforms contain toxic materials in an effort to lower costs and improve material performance for Southwest AirLines?
While Southwest Airlines have repeatedly said that toxic materials in uniforms are under recognized safety limits, anecdotal reports from flight staff paint a different picture. In the absence of transparency, many flight attendants may continue to choose to seek legal remedies to this issue.
Finding the Right Attorney
If you have an issue with the Cintas uniforms and believe you have suffered an injury as a Southwest AirLines employee, it’s essential to find experienced representation. L&B Law Group can help. Contact us today for a fast consultation.
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