A feisty, conservative, union-busting, award-winning Delta flight attendant has left the company after mounting outrage over a series of incendiary tweets.
Kevin Lee Jennings, who also goes by Lee Gross, was a long-time Delta flight attendant. Well-known from within, she coordinated flight attendant efforts to oppose unionization and was never one to shy away from controversy. Known as the “culture keeper”, she was well-liked by management and customers and received the Delta Chariman’s Club Award, a prestigious honor.
But a series of recent tweets shared by Jetiquette were used as a lynchpin to call for her ouster.
For example, Jennings responded to a tweet that said:
“Black lives only matter to black people when a white person kills one of them.”
“This is the part I agree with and don’t understand.”
Another tweet asked:
Can someone help me?
So Trump’s tweet about Baltimore was racist because Baltimore is infested with….Black people???
Are Black people synonymous with rats and roaches?
How are we making that correlation?
— Shemeka Michelle (@ShemekaMichelle) July 28, 2019
Jennings responded in a now-deleted tweet:
“I’m not black, I’m white, and I saw a rat running along my back fence…I’m just saying”
She also mocked NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem and downplayed COVID-19. On March 19, 2020 she tweeted:
“My employer, Atlanta’s hometown airline is in a massive crises because of a virus that has taken the lives of 40 people. How many were killed in Chicago during the same time frame?”
More examples below:
— AMI (@leaublue) June 8, 2020
Jennings No Longer Employed At Delta
While the circumstances of her departure have not been made public, Jennings has left the company. Delta CEO Ed Bastian issued a memo to employees similar to one issued by United Airlines, which I covered earlier today. It said:
“I want to make it clear that Delta’s workplace must remain safe and welcoming for all Delta people. We will not tolerate racist, bigoted or hateful acts or statements in our workspaces or directed at our people…
“This includes racial and other bigoted, hateful and offensive comments on social media by Delta people, which hurts our culture and our people.”
Specifically referring to Jennings, a Delta spokesperson confirmed:
“Delta has zero tolerance for racism, bigotry and hateful acts. The employee no longer works at Delta.”
Is This A Stealth Hit Job By Union Targeting Conservative Delta Flight Attendant?
The Jetiquette article called for her termination, citing many anonymous employees that she was a bully and racist. A follow-up article speculated she departed amicably and with an early retirement package and called for those retirement benefits to be rescinded as “consequences of hateful behavior.”
For years the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has been attempting to unionize Delta flight attendants. Thus far, all efforts have failed, in part thanks to the efforts of Jennings.
As a constant foil to unionization efforts, organizers gleefully reacted to news of her demise. Is she really being targeted for her incendiary right wing opinions or was she singled out because of her anti-union views?
And could it be that she was just a troll? She went by Kevin after all…
This story is another reminder that companies are growing increasingly impatient with employees who make incendiary remarks on social media. I’d love to speak to Jennings about all of this, but she has disappeared offline…perhaps that was a condition of her exit package.
image: @KevinTheFlyGirl / Twitter