In 1973, the first female pilot was hired by a major commercial airline in the United States. Before that time, men flew the planes, and women were flight attendants. While women in California and across the country have been making strides against workplace discrimination, some feel that the airline industry is not keeping up, especially when it comes to new and nursing mothers.
There are many reasons why people do not always come forward after being harassed at work, but the most common reason may be that they fear losing their jobs. Sexual harassment is likely to be an even more frequent occurrence than people in California realize since so many victims keep silent. This is most evident when one person goes public, inspiring others to come forward with similar accusations against the same perpetrator.