General AviationFormer United Flight Attendant Sues Marriott

Former United Flight Attendant Sues Marriott

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Jonathan Ray a former United Airlines flight attendant is suing Marriott for snitching on him to his employer which led him to being fired.

He was a flight attendant for more than 20 years and also, a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite lifetime member, apparently from all of his travel for United.

After working several international flights in April 2020, Ray was informed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after landing at Newark Airport from an international trip. He then checked into the Marriott Courtyard Wilmington Downtown to quarantine.

According to the lawsuit (read the lawsuit here), which was filed on Monday stated that; “Even though there was no business reason or other justification for doing so, Marriott repeatedly reached out and communicated with United, by way of email and otherwise, to inform United about Mr. Ray and interfere with Mr. Ray’s employment with United.”

According to the lawsuit, United was contacted in writing by hotel employees claiming that:

  • Ray “did not take quarantining instructions seriously,” that he had been “sitting in the lobby without even a mask,” that he had “thrown” items, and that he created safety issues for other guests by blocking emergency exits near his room.
  • Ray had been “sitting in the lobby without even a mask,” and that he and the gentleman staying with him hadn’t been adhering to Marriott’s policies, even though there were none formally in place at the time.
  • Ray and the other gentleman weren’t taking the hotel’s policies and procedures seriously, and that he was putting “the safety and security of all guests and associates” at risk.
  • Ray had told the hotel he wasn’t sick with coronavirus.
  • Marriott told Ray and the other gentleman not to leave their hotel, even though staff had never told them such a thing.

Following these allegations, United suspended Ray without pay, and then sent him a termination letter shortly thereafter.

Joan Kifuko
Joan Kifuko is a communications enthusiast that is currently working as a writer at The Aviator magazine where you find your aviation news in one place. She is a journalist that has previously worked as a sales associate, guest relations officer, brand ambassador hence, the love for new adventures and roles. Joan graduated with a Bachelors degree of science in journalism.
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