SkyWest getting Sued!

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Co-Pilot Sues SkyWest for Mistreatment
Wednesday, January 16, 2002


BY MICHAEL VIGH
THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

A female co-pilot for SkyWest Airlines filed a lawsuit against the company in federal court Tuesday, alleging a male pilot exposed himself to her in the cockpit while on final approach to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport last month.
Paula Manjarrez's suit in U.S. District Court for Utah claims that following the incident, SkyWest supervisors laughed and "high-fived" pilot Robin Wall for "his sexually demeaning and obscene performance."
SkyWest Airlines officials said they could not comment on the contents of the suit because they had not been served as of Tuesday afternoon.
"However, SkyWest categorically denies that Ms. Manjarrez was unfairly treated in any way in connection with her employment," said Sabrena Suite, spokeswoman for SkyWest.
In the lawsuit filed by Salt Lake City attorney Bel-Ami De Montreux, the Salt Lake County woman also claims she was unfairly disciplined after she piloted a flight from Omaha, Neb., to Salt Lake City International Airport following a hail storm last May.
After Manjarrez was placed on administrative suspension and demoted from pilot to co-pilot, she filed a discrimination complaint with the Utah Anti-Discrimination Division. Four months later, she received official permission to sue the St. George company.
Last month during a landing, Manjarrez was working as co-pilot when Wall allegedly pulled down his pants, grabbed his penis and demanded she perform a sex act, according to the suit. After Manjarrez refused, the pilot pressed himself against Manjarrez and "proceeded to fill a soft drink container with urine."
Last week, Manjarrez was placed on leave without pay and required to participate in the company's mental health or counseling program to prove her fitness to remain a SkyWest employee.
The suit alleges gender discrimination, retaliatory discrimination and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Manjarrez demands a jury trial and asks for punitive and compensatory damages and attorney fees.
mvigh@sltrib.com
 

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You know, some guys have all the fun! And I used to think it only happened in the movies.:D
 

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:D It's only harassment if he has something to wave about! HA HA

Apparently this isn't the first time this has happened at SKW either. My ex (a former OO Capt) told me about a similar shocking incident in 1995....
 

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before anyone gets the wrong idea..... there is way more going on here then meets the eye. (no pun intended).

she was, at one time, a captain here on the rj. in fact, she was the first female rj capt. here at skywest. after the incident occurred invovling some bad judgement (story unto itself) on her part, she was demoted to the right seat. * most pilots here feel as though they would have been fired for such an incident.* after this, she began to feel singled out, i imagine, and began taking notes on all the captains she flew with. any little deviation from sop was noted. well, as you might have guessed.... this didn't sit well with most captains. she was taken off line a little while ago and put on suspension for such shenanigins.
IMHO, this "harrasment" probably did not occur (it's possible), but is really a last f**k you to the company now that she's losing her job. it's unfortunate, she was the skywest poster child at one time..... -sr.
 
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Robin Wall

As a point of information, Robin Wall was the Chief Pilot at SkyWest in the late '80s-early'90s. I still have copies of cover letters addressed to him when I sent him resumes.
 
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Not trying to start anything, but was wondering it the incident in question was the one where the power was brought back to idle to high on final and resulted in a hard landing? I remember reading a bout something like that a couple of months ago where the Capt and FO's statements were completely different.
 

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Tim47SIP said:
Not trying to start anything, but was wondering it the incident in question was the one where the power was brought back to idle to high on final and resulted in a hard landing? I remember reading a bout something like that a couple of months ago where the Capt and FO's statements were completely different.
You're thinking about an ACA RJ crew that biffed one in in ROA at night. The CA said she had windshear and a rough landing. The FO said there was no windshear and the CA stalled it. The airplane was extensively (but not visually) damaged yet neither pilot fessed up until a day later... and the airplane had flown several legs.
 

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IFF, Thanks, that was the one. Wonder if that Capt was suspended or demoted for any period of time?
 
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Let's see, pee in a cup. Does the CRJ have a relief tube? Are there any exceptions to a sterile cockpit below 10,000'?

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ifly4food said:


You're thinking about an ACA RJ crew that biffed one in in ROA at night. The CA said she had windshear and a rough landing. The FO said there was no windshear and the CA stalled it. The airplane was extensively (but not visually) damaged yet neither pilot fessed up until a day later... and the airplane had flown several legs.

The RJ incident at ROA did not involve an ACA crew. I believe it was Mesa.

Just wanting to protect the innocent :)
 

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Are you sure about that? I don't think Mesa flies CL-65s into ROA.
I searched the NTSB database but couldn't find anything at all.
 

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It was a Mesa ERJ crew in October of last year. It took me about two seconds to find this in the NTSB database.

In the future, please make sure you have your facts straight before making false accusations about us or anyone else for that matter. As a forum moderator, I would expect a higher degree of professionalism from you.

Blueridge
 

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ROA incident

I remember the discussion from the old board. Mesa did operate that RJ. It happened last fall. Don't remember exactly which equipment; Mesa operates CLs and Jungle Jets, don't they?

"TimSIP" has the facts right. I recall something about shear having something to do with it.
 
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To SkyPine27-


Sir-

With no other way to contact you as your email address is blocked and you're not online at this time, I am forced to post this here.

There is a pilot at SkyWest with a VERY similiar last name to your Callsign. As a SkyWest Pilot yourself, it would be very appropriate to your fellow pilot's privacy, character and integrity with SkyWest for you to use a different Callsign.


-Thank you in advance
 

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O' Come on,
Someone out there knows somthing more about this. Spill the beans Sky Westers!

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It had to do with flying an aircraft that was damaged by a hail storm in DEN and lying about it. As always, theres more to the story than that, but thats the story I heard circulating.
 

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sorry russ.... almost. i've heard 20 different versions of this story, but this is what i've been able to discern....

the "hail incident" invovled a skywest RJ that was overnighting in omaha. a hailstorm had blown thru during the night, damaging aircraft out on the tarmac. when the FO did the walkaround, he noted that there was in fact hail damage to the aircraft. when he told the 'harrased' this, she countered by stating the aircraft had previous hail damage and was signed off by maintance as within limits. they took off back to SLC. when they arrived, i heard the mechanics who saw the plane had a seizure. it had more than a 'little' damage done to it..... to the tune of $1.5 million worth of damage. when questioned about it, she lied and said they encountered hail inflight. mechanics are not stupid. they know what hail damage inflight vs. on the ground looks like. she finally fessed up to the lie.... and was demoted to FO.

i think the lapse in judgement was bad, but what really chapped the company's ass was the fact she lied about it. do you think you would have kept your job had you pulled a stunt like that? i'm guessing not. IMHO i think the company was more than fair in demoting her and not booting her outright. i don't think her skill as a pilot is being called into question, it was her judgement and her actions. BTW... the FAA has a pending enforcement action against her for this incident as well. -sr.
 

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Mesa incident

It was N825MJ.I saw it flying last week.Gary G. told me it took ten days to fix.It is also Mesa's first ERJ.
 

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Blueridge said:
It was a Mesa ERJ crew in October of last year. It took me about two seconds to find this in the NTSB database.
Well, Blueridge, thanks for the correction. As stated, I couldn't find any airline incidents at ROA, it only turned up GA. And yes, I searched the same database you did. Could you give me the date... I'd like to read it.

In the future, please make sure you have your facts straight before making false accusations about us or anyone else for that matter. As a forum moderator, I would expect a higher degree of professionalism from you.
Blueridge
Look, I may VOLUNTEER my time to help moderate this board, but that by no means makes me perfect or an expert of all aspects in aviation. I did not slam your company and I did not accuse. I only stated my (incorrect) knowledge of an actual incident.
If being wrong from time to time affects one's "degree of professionalism", than I guess there are no true professionals out there. I think it would do us all good to be a little thicker skinned and not take things so personally.
 
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