Northwest Airlines Statement Disputing EEOC Claims of Disability Discrimination

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Northwest Airlines

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
     Northwest Airlines, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NWAC) today issued the following
 statement in response to a news release issued today by the U.S. Equal
 Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announcing a class action lawsuit
 filed by the agency against Northwest.
     The claim alleges that Northwest violated the Americans with Disabilities
 Act (ADA) by refusing to consider applicants with seizure disorders or
 physical impairments that result in potential loss of consciousness for
 positions at Northwest's airport facilities where heavy equipment, fuel trucks
 and other hazardous and noisy equipment is operated near commercial aircraft.
     While it is Northwest's policy to refrain from commenting on active
 litigation, particularly before reviewing a copy of the complaint there are
 several important points Northwest can make at this time:
     -- Northwest is highly motivated and committed to hire and retain
        qualified individuals.
     -- The applicants identified by the EEOC applied for ramp positions
        working with and around heavy equipment involved with passenger loading
        and fueling operations at Northwest's hub facilities.
     -- Northwest evaluates applicants based on specific job requirements and
        its dedication to maintaining the highest safety standards for our
        customers and our employees.
     -- The cooperation of the applicant is essential in the evaluation
        process.
     -- Northwest employs accommodation staff dedicated to placing qualified
        individuals at Northwest within the confines of our safety standards
        and the public interest in maintaining those standards.
 
     Northwest is the recipient of numerous awards related to its policies and
 practices toward people with disabilities including:  the National Association
 for the Deaf (NAD) for it's inclusion of people with disabilities on
 Northwest's Customers with Disabilities Advisory Board; the National Business
 and Disability Council for Outstanding Advertising Campaign of the Year 1999,
 and the Courage Center and the Minnesota Business Partnership "Partners Award"
 for Northwest's Accommodation Policy.  The carrier also received high rankings
 for employing people with disabilities from WE and Careers and The Disabled
 magazines.
     With annual revenues in excess of $11 billion and approximately 55,000
 employees worldwide, Northwest Airlines is the world's fourth largest airline
 with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam and
 more than 2,700 daily departures.  With its travel partners, Northwest serves
 more than 785 cities in 120 countries on six continents.
 
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SOURCE Northwest Airlines
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
     Northwest Airlines, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NWAC) today issued the following
 statement in response to a news release issued today by the U.S. Equal
 Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announcing a class action lawsuit
 filed by the agency against Northwest.
     The claim alleges that Northwest violated the Americans with Disabilities
 Act (ADA) by refusing to consider applicants with seizure disorders or
 physical impairments that result in potential loss of consciousness for
 positions at Northwest's airport facilities where heavy equipment, fuel trucks
 and other hazardous and noisy equipment is operated near commercial aircraft.
     While it is Northwest's policy to refrain from commenting on active
 litigation, particularly before reviewing a copy of the complaint there are
 several important points Northwest can make at this time:
     -- Northwest is highly motivated and committed to hire and retain
        qualified individuals.
     -- The applicants identified by the EEOC applied for ramp positions
        working with and around heavy equipment involved with passenger loading
        and fueling operations at Northwest's hub facilities.
     -- Northwest evaluates applicants based on specific job requirements and
        its dedication to maintaining the highest safety standards for our
        customers and our employees.
     -- The cooperation of the applicant is essential in the evaluation
        process.
     -- Northwest employs accommodation staff dedicated to placing qualified
        individuals at Northwest within the confines of our safety standards
        and the public interest in maintaining those standards.
 
     Northwest is the recipient of numerous awards related to its policies and
 practices toward people with disabilities including:  the National Association
 for the Deaf (NAD) for it's inclusion of people with disabilities on
 Northwest's Customers with Disabilities Advisory Board; the National Business
 and Disability Council for Outstanding Advertising Campaign of the Year 1999,
 and the Courage Center and the Minnesota Business Partnership "Partners Award"
 for Northwest's Accommodation Policy.  The carrier also received high rankings
 for employing people with disabilities from WE and Careers and The Disabled
 magazines.
     With annual revenues in excess of $11 billion and approximately 55,000
 employees worldwide, Northwest Airlines is the world's fourth largest airline
 with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam and
 more than 2,700 daily departures.  With its travel partners, Northwest serves
 more than 785 cities in 120 countries on six continents.
 
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