McCraig and Miles Warren are suing U.S. Airways for discrimination because they claim an airline employee made them change out of their jeans, hooded sweatshirts and baseball caps in order to sit in their first class seats (video below).
The unidentified U.S. Airways employee told the brothers that they were in violation of first-class dress code and would have to change into button-down shirts, dress shoes and slacks if they wanted to sit in first class, reported the Today Show.
After the brothers changed their clothes and sat in first class, they were shocked to find two young men, one Caucasian and one Filipino, wearing jeans and hoodies.
The young men told the Warrens that they were not required to change their clothes.
The Warrens filed their lawsuit against the airline last Wednesday and are seeking punitive damages.
"We welcome customers of all ethnicities and backgrounds and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We take these allegations seriously," U.S Airways spokesperson Andrew Christie told AlterNet.org. "Initial indications are that these pass-riders were traveling on non-revenue tickets as part of our employee travel program. All employees and pass-riders are expected to comply with the policies associated with this travel privilege."
So, basically, even though the Warren brothers are not employees, they were expected to dress as if they were.