A Southwest Airlines flight attendant filed a lawsuit against the carrier, claiming it failed to properly protect staff from being exposed to the coronavirus during mandatory training last summer, which led to her husband's death.
According to court documents filed in March, Baltimore-based flight attendant Carol Madden's husband, Bill, died on Aug. 12 at 73 years old from "COVID-19 and the complications thereof, having contracted that illness from Ms. Madden," who had to undergo required training sessions.
The airline, although "incredibly sympathetic" to those who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19, is seeking to dismiss the case saying that the blame laid on the company is "misplaced."
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Last July, Carol Madden had been required to attend "Recurrent Training that would lead to renewal or reauthorization of her ‘Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency,'" according to the suit.
Southwest had conducted the daily mandatory sessions for flight attendants at its BWI Airport base for a week starting July 13.