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Sprogis v. United Air Lines, Inc.

444 F.2d 1194 (1971)

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Sprogis v. United Air Lines, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

444 F.2d 1194 (1971)

Facts

Mary Burke Sprogis (plaintiff) was employed as a flight attendant by United Air Lines, Inc. (United) defendant). On June 19, 1966, United discharged Sprogis because she violated a policy requiring that flight attendants be unmarried. United had implemented the policy after it received complaints about scheduling from the husbands of married women. The policy had never been enforced against male flight attendants, although men were eligible for only a limited number of flight-attendant positions. Sprogis filed suit against United, asserting that her termination constituted sex discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The district court entered summary judgment in favor of Sprogis, finding that United’s no-marriage policy was unlawful. United appealed, arguing that (1) the no-marriage policy simply distinguished between categories of employees like a physical or educational requirement and (2) marital status constituted a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cummings, J.)

Dissent (Stevens, J.)

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