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ACLU: Forcing Flight Attendants To Dress As Either Male Or Female Is Illegal

Justin Wetherell works as a flight attendant and flight-attendant instructor for Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle. Wetherell does this wearing the airline’s uniform for male flight attendants: a men’s shirt, tie, a pair of men’s pants and men’s shoes. But they are nonbinary, and so they have turned to the American Civil Liberties Union for help in ending what the organization calls “a uniform policy that requires flight attendants to conform to a rigid set of ‘male’ and ‘female’ dress and grooming standards.”

Last Friday, the ACLU sent a letter telling Alaska Airlines its uniform policy violates both the law in Washington State, which bans discrimination based on gender identity, appearance, behavior, or expression, as well as state and federal laws against sex discrimination