Woman claims to have been discriminated against while working at JFK airport
A woman claims she was discriminated against while working at John F. Kennedy airport while pregnant.
Hacheler Cyrille says she wanted to work to provide for her 6-year-old son and unborn child, but asked for a new position at Eulen America, after her position became too draining.
Cyrille says she was then reassigned to a job as a bag runner but received no training for the job.
On May 8, Cyrille said a bag got stuck on the belt and when she tried to pull it out she went down the belt along with the heavy luggage.
Cyrille says she hit her head and body. She claims she stopped just short of a dangerous machine that is used to scan explosives and hazardous material.
She says she went out on worker's compensation, but received no money.
Cyrille filed a pregnancy discrimination complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, claiming the company did not accommodate her request for a chair while doing her job.
Cyrille and her unborn child are OK, but she says she is struggling.
"Staying home and doing nothing, no money, how do you eat, how do you pay bills? You got bills to pay, you got to survive," said Cyrille.
Eulen America told News 12, "Eulen America workers are the heart and soul of our operation. When an employee discloses a medical condition to us that requires special accommodation, we comply with all federal, state and local laws."
The Service Employees International Union tells News 12 that those who have had the bag runner position have caused them to lose their balance and almost fall.
An OSHA spokesperson says the agency received a complaint about the location and is opening up an inspection into Eulen America, which could take up to six months.