United Airlines San Francisco managers sued for alleged racist, sexist antics

A United Airlines Boeing 737 at San Francisco SFO.
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A senior Business Manager at United Airlines has sued the airline and two male managers for alleged outrageous sexist and racist antics and pranks at the airline’s offices in the San Francisco Airport.

Lisa Lujan, a dedicated Mexican-American employee with over 37 years of service at United Airlines, has filed a lawsuit against the airline and two male managers.

The lawsuit, filed on December 21, 2023, in San Mateo County Superior Court, unveils a distressing narrative of alleged outrageous sexist and racist behavior within the airline’s offices at the San Francisco Airport.

A Distressing Pattern


According to the lawsuit, Lujan endured a distressing pattern of relentless sexism and racism during her tenure.

The allegations range from the exhibition of inappropriate items like sex toys and spanking paddles at the office to the circulation of an anti-Mexican and sexist “poem” via email by a male United manager.

The lawsuit also highlights a particularly disturbing incident where a baby bottle was mockingly displayed in retaliation for Lujan’s complaints.

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The gravity of the situation in San Francisco is emphasized by Lujan’s strong words: “United’s alleged unrelenting sexism and racism were demoralizing and dehumanizing.”

Her claims are further amplified by the accusation that United Airlines, as a corporation, chose to turn a blind eye to her complaints, compounding the emotional toll of the alleged harassment.


Prominent attorney Sam S. Yebri of Merino Yebri LLP weighed in on the matter, stating, “Blatant workplace harassment like this cannot be tolerated in 2023.”

Yebri emphasizes the need for major corporations, such as United Airlines, to take substantial measures to protect female and minority employees from what he describes as the “cancer of racism and sexism.”

The Lawsuit Details

Ms. Lujan’s lawsuit, filed on December 21, 2023 in San Mateo County Superior Court, is captioned Lujan v. United Airlines, Inc. et al., Case No. 23-CIV-06106.

This legal battle brings to light the urgent need for companies to address workplace harassment and ensure a safe and respectful environment for all employees.

Taking a Stand: What This Means for the Industry


The spotlight is now on United Airlines, forcing the aviation giant to confront allegations that could have far-reaching consequences.

In an era where corporate responsibility and social justice are at the forefront, the public and industry peers will be closely watching how United Airlines responds to these serious accusations.

The Lujan case underscores the imperative for companies to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. In an industry as vast and influential as aviation, the actions taken by United Airlines in the aftermath of this lawsuit could set a precedent for the entire sector.

The Human Toll


Ms. Lujan’s statement speaks to the emotional toll of workplace harassment. It highlights the importance of fostering a workplace culture that values every employee, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, or background.

The human cost of such incidents cannot be understated, and United Airlines now faces the challenge of rebuilding trust.

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