Florida woman sues El Al for gender bias

A Florida woman reportedly is suing El Al for gender discrimination after she was forced to change seats to accommodate a haredi Orthodox man.

Debra Ryder said that a flight steward moved her to a seat in the back without her consent, Israeli media reported. The haredi Orthodox man had refused to sit next to her and then moved into her aisle seat.

Ryder reportedly filed a lawsuit on Aug. 9 seeking some $12,500, including compensation for distress. She had reserved an aisle seat for medical reasons, she told Israel Army Radio.

Ryder’s attorney, Orly Erez-Likhovsky of the Israel Religious Action Center, also has sent a letter to El Al, demanding that it instruct its employees on how to respond in such cases, the Israeli business journal Globes reported. — jta