A group of American Airlines flight attendants is preparing for a lawsuit after claiming their uniforms have caused them to be violently sick.
The lawsuit is yet-to-be filed and is expected to name uniform supplier, Twin Hill, as a defendant, according to Business Insider. The group is currently looking for more colleagues whose health has been negatively affected by the uniforms to join the class-action suit.
Since September 2016, thousands of American Airlines flight attendants, staff, and pilots have reported suffering from a variety of illnesses since wearing the new uniforms made by Twin Hill, according to Business Insider.
The flight attendants continue to say their new uniforms gave them hives, rashes, and headaches. Extreme cases have even seen one instance of heavy metal poisoning.
In a statement to Business Insider, a Twin Hill spokesman said:
"While we sympathize with the flight attendants who claim to be experiencing a variety of health problems, Twin Hill has and will continue to stand behind our products, which are worn without issue by millions of people around the world each day. There has been absolutely no evidence presented linking the reported symptoms to our uniforms. To the contrary, all scientific evidence we have reviewed to date demonstrates that the products that we have and continue to deliver to American are safe and fit for their intended purpose.
Moreover, we would note again that when presented with similar complaints from Alaska Airlines flight attendants, a federal court issued a conclusive ruling that our uniforms could not have been the cause of the alleged symptoms. This ruling was based not only on findings by a federal investigative agency but also on four full years of legal discovery, including testing by five separate labs, the collection of hundreds of thousands of pages of medical records from more than 445 doctors and medical facilities, and the testimony of four separate experts.
Based on the facts of this matter, including the extensive testing of the American uniforms by independent, industry-leading global laboratories, we are confident that any lawsuit filed by the American employees would simply be without merit."