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Gender Equality In A Pilot's Hat? Court Backs Lufthansa



COLOGNE - A German court has ruled that male Lufthansa pilots must continue to wear their hat with their uniform at the airport – even though the same policy does not apply to female pilots at Lufthansa, the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reports.

A male Lufthansa pilot had filed a suit against the German airline claiming that it was unfair that female pilots were not required to wear their pilot hats with their uniform in the airport while male pilots were obliged to. He won the suit, but the airline appealed the decision and a court has now ruled in its favor.

Süddeutsche Zeitung notes that Lufthansa’s internal regulations state that hat-wearing is optional for female pilotst. The pilot brought suit because he considered this a violation of equal rights.

The court's decision stated that the hat was an integral part of the uniform which was different for men and women. Women pilots could wear skirts, while men couldn’t -- and that did not infringe on male pilots’ rights.

The male pilot also claimed the hat was uncomfortable and took up space. Lufthansa argued that it corresponds to the historic image of male airline pilots -- and looks good to boot!

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The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

Based on conversations with author and psychotherapist Gregorz Dzedzić, who is part of the Polish diaspora in Chicago, as well as the diary entries of generations of Polish immigrants, journalist Joanna Dzikowska has crafted a narrative that characterizes the history of the community, from its beginnings to its modern-day assimilation.

The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Polish diaspora was still quite insular.

Joanna Dzikowska

“There were instances when people came here from Polish villages, in traditional shoes and clothing, and, the next day, everything was burned, and I no longer recognized the people who came up to me, dressed and shaved in the American fashion. The newly-dressed girls quickly found husbands, who in turn had to cover all of their new wives’ expenses. There were quite a lot of weddings here, because there were many single men, so every woman — lame, hunchbacked or one-eyed — if only a woman, found a husband right away."

- From the diary of Marcel Siedlecki, written from 1878 to 1936

CHICAGO — To my father, Poland was always a country with a deep faith in God and the strength of Polish honor. When he spoke about Poland, his voice turned into a reverent whisper.

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