United Airlines Employee Charged For Calling Passenger “A Shining Monkey”
A United Airlines employee accused of verbally abusing a passenger has been charged in Texas with disorderly conduct
The charge was filed in the Municipal Court in Houston after Carmella Davano was given a citation for using abusive language while in a public place. She reportedly called Cacilie Hughes, a black woman, and actress “a monkey” and “a shining monkey.”
Hughes said her encounter with Devano occurred at the United terminal at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
“I walked up to the woman, Carmella, and said, ‘Hi, do you have a refund code available?’ and she started yelling at me, calling me a monkey,” Hughes revealed to the NY Times. “I was humiliated, I was crying and I was the only black woman in the area.”
She said she tried to get another employee to call the police, but, they refused, so she took matters into her own hands. Upon their arrival, police said to other witnesses backed up Hughes’ story.
United released a statement saying, “At United, we proudly hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. We have withheld the employee from service since the night of the incident pending an internal investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, we will take any and all appropriate corrective action up to and including termination.”
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