A 54-year-old woman who was one of the few female pilots at a Van Nuys private charter jet company sued her former employer Tuesday, alleging she was subjected to disparate treatment because of her gender and age and ultimately fired without justification.
Marian Macwan’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, filed against Dreamline Aviation LLC, alleges wrongful termination, sexual harassment, age and gender discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and failure to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Macwan seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
A Dreamline representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Macwan, hired by Dreamline in January 2018, has been a licensed pilot for more than 15 years and is certified to fly many of the different types of aircraft in the company’s fleet, including its Learjet planes, the suits. Of the 25 to 30 pilots who worked there during her tenure, there were never more than two at the same time who were female, according to the suit.
Despite having the required licensing, credentials and experience to be a captain, the Long Beach resident was always assigned to be second-in-charge during flights, the suit states.
Macwan and other female pilots were frequently victims of workplace sexual harassment, including sexually inappropriate touching and lewd and offensive comments, and they also were sent sexually oriented photos, the suit states.
Some male pilots openly discussed their sexual activities and preferences, questioned Macwan about her personal life and repeatedly sought to date her, the suit states.
“The sexually inappropriate and hostile work environment was known among plaintiff’s colleagues, including those in management,” the suit alleges.
Macwan complained to her supervisors, but nothing was done, according to the suit, which further states other female pilots were harassed by the same men.
Beginning in 2021, Macwan also found herself in a workplace in which Dreamline was slowly forcing out or terminating its older pilots and replacing them with less experienced airmen in their late 20s and 30s who were paid less than veterans, the suit states.
During the last few months of her employment, a Dreamline co-owner “all but told plaintiff she was too old to be working for Dreamline and should consider quitting,” the suit alleges.
The same co-owner regularly yelled at Macwan, bullied her and made inappropriate comments such as, “Why are you still here?” “You should get another job,” “Everyone you know has already left” and “I don’t want you to come back here,” all in an attempt to force the plaintiff to quit, the suit states.
During a meeting on June 14, Macwan was told she was being terminated because it “was no longer working out,” the suit states.
Macwan has experienced severe emotional distress, insomnia and a feeling of helplessness since losing her job, the suit states.