Delta Employees Sue Land’s End Alleging Uniforms Made Them Sick

Jan 3, 2020, 7:55 AM

Seen is a Delta publicity shot of the uniforms made by Lands End. More than 500 Delta employees are...

Seen is a Delta publicity shot of the uniforms made by Lands End. More than 500 Delta employees are suing Lands End charging they are being injured by toxic chemicals found in the uniforms. (Delta Airlines)

(Delta Airlines)

(CNN) — More than 500 Delta Air Lines employees are suing Lands’ End, alleging that the uniforms it provided to the airline are causing some workers to have health issues.

The suit claims that the uniforms worn by flight attendants and some ground workers “pose an ongoing, unreasonable risks of physical harm… including threatening the [employees] with future serious health problems because of an allergic and/or sensitization response.”

The health effects employees wearing the uniforms allege they suffered from include vocal cord dysfunction, breathing difficulties, skin blisters and rashes, blurred vision, nosebleeds, ringing ears, migraine headaches and fatigue.

The uniforms debuted in 2016. The suit says the employees have been required to wear them since May of 2018.

The suit names more than 500 plaintiffs who are employees of the airline. Most of them are flight attendants said Bruce Maxwell, one of the attorneys bringing the case. His office also has the name of more than 500 additional Delta employees complaining about the uniforms, and that a Facebook group created to address employee concerns has more than 6,000 members.

“This is affecting a lot of people,” he told CNN Business.

Lands’ End said it does not comment on pending litigation.

The suit, filed in federal court in Wisconsin, does not name Delta as a defendant. Labor law generally does not allow employees to sue their employers for damages related to work place injuries or death. Instead they must seek compensation through workers’ compensation.

Delta said in a statement on Thursday that it believes the uniforms are safe.

“Our top priority continues to be the safety of our employees, which is why we invested in a rigorous toxicology study to determine if there was a universal scientific issue with the uniform,” said the statement. “The results of the study confirm our uniforms meet the highest textile standards … with the exception of the optional flight attendant apron, which we removed from the collection.”

But the employees’ lawsuit said they conducted their own tests of the uniforms that found the presence of “chemicals and heavy metals far in excess of industry accepted safe levels for garments.” Chemicals cited in the suit include formaldehyde, mercury, chromium, antimony, fluorine, and bromine.

Delta pilots, the only unionized group of Delta employees who wear uniforms, do not wear uniforms made by Lands’ End, Maxwell said.

This isn’t the first time employees of a US airline have complained that their uniforms could be posing a health hazard. In 2017, American Airlines parted ways with clothing manufacturer Twin Hill after complaints from the union that represents its flight attendants. Union members had said the uniforms made by Twin Hill were to blame for a string of health problems including headaches, rashes and respiratory problems. Twin Hill and American had maintained the garments were completely safe.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar crime every year in the United States - it's never been mo...

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: Utah man share ID Theft warning signs he says he missed

Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar crime every year in the United States - it's never been more rampant.

1 day ago

FILE — Handcuffs in a jail cell. FILE PHOTO (Ravell Call/Deseret News)...

Michael Houck

4 men arrested for pointing rifle barrel out car window on SR-189, police say

Four men were arrested for allegedly pointing the barrel of an AR-15 at cars while driving under the influence Sunday.

1 day ago


Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com and Andrew Adams, KSL TV

1 shot, injured by motorcyclist in possible road rage incident on I-15, troopers say

Police are searching for a person who shot at a vehicle, injuring one person, while riding a motorcycle on I-15 Monday afternoon.

1 day ago

The scene of the crash on Friday in Garden City after a semi-truck crashed into it. (KSL TV)...

Mike Anderson

After 8 semi crashes, Garden City residents are frustrated

Residents of Garden City are frustrated after a total of eight semi trucks have barreled through an intersection near Bear Lake after losing their breaks, including the most recent one Friday.

1 day ago

A man who slipped and fell into Gunlock Falls on Sunday was saved by bystanders who pulled him from...

Ladd Egan

Good Samaritans jump into action, perform CPR after man falls into Gunlock Falls

A man who slipped and fell into Gunlock Falls on Sunday was saved by bystanders who pulled him from the water and performed CPR.

1 day ago

The "Show Up" service event in Thanksgiving Point. (KSL TV)...

Shara Park

‘Show Up’ for service event encourages summer volunteering

Hundreds of Utahns gathered at Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point Monday night for the Show Up for Summer Service family fair hosted by First Lady Abby Cox.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Portrait of happy boy playing and splashing water in the swimming pool...

Get Out Pass

Family Fun Activities in Utah You Have to Try This Summer

These family fun activities will entertain you all summer, so if you ever feel stuck in a rut wondering what to do, refer to this guide!

Woman IT specialist in elegant suit working on notebook computer in data center next to server rack...

Les Olson

Your Complete Guide to Outsourcing IT Services

This guide covers everything you need to know about the different benefits of outsourcing IT services to meet your small business needs.

diverse group of friends dance outside under string lights...

Lighting Design

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Outdoor Lighting

Read for the most frequently asked questions about outdoor lighting to help narrow the search for your home.

Stack of old laptops with dark background...

PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...

BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.

Delta Employees Sue Land’s End Alleging Uniforms Made Them Sick