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Black Southwest Airlines employees allege discrimination at St. Louis airport

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP says it has received complaints from Southwest Airlines employees in St. Louis.

The organization says it has received about 20 complaints from workers over the past two years.

Some complaints discuss unfair treatment of black employees, another complaint alleges pre-boarding rules are more strictly enforced for black passengers.

Southwest Airlines released a statement in response which included: 

"Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind. We take these accusations seriously and as with any complaint we will conduct our own internal investigation." 

Furthermore, Southwest Airlines issued a statement directly to News 4:

The Company would never issue such direction. Comments like this are not reflective of our Core Values, Culture, or practices. Southwest has communicated with the NAACP and Southwest has committed to continue partnering with the organization in an effort to support out St. Louis Employees.

Southwest Airlines says it is conducting its own internal investigation.

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