A US airline has landed in hot water over its policy of refusing to let overweight female flight attendants wear its eye-catching red uniforms.
The union that represents flight attendants, who worked for Northwest Airlines before Delta Air Lines bought it, is protesting over Delta's uniform policy of not providing its signature red dresses to women over a size 18.
The Association of Flight Attendants at Northwest (NWA AFA) is fuming and says that Delta clearly doesn't want to draw attention to its larger employees.
"There are fuller-figured women who would like to wear the red dress," Reller added.
Delta spokeswoman Gina Laughlin defended the policy and the dispute is headed for mediation.
"It's a variety to fit a very diverse group of preferences and sizes, and to continue presenting a uniform collection that is both stylish and very functional," Laughlin said.
Delta acquired Northwest last year and flight attendants and other staff started wearing Delta's uniforms around three months ago.
The red dresses are not the only uniform options for Delta's flight attendants, there are blue pantsuits available in larger sizes.