FORT WORTH, Texas, May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A longtime flight
attendant for American Airlines (NASDAQ:
AAL) has updated her sexual assault claim against the
Fort Worth-based carrier, for the
first time revealing her name in the court filing.
Kimberly Goesling, 52, of
Fort Worth, initially filed the
claim as Jane Doe, as is common in
cases where sexual assault victims step forward. She later told the
story of what happened to her – and American's role in it – in a
Facebook and Instagram video that has reached more than 50,000
people. Click here to watch.
Now, in her first interview, Goesling speaks to former Fox
News anchor and empowerment advocate Gretchen Carlson for her new internet
series called, "The LIFT UP." Watch that interview here.
"I am done. I am no longer going to hide from what happened
because I'm not the bad guy and I have nothing to hide from," Ms.
Goesling said. "If anyone should be hiding, it's American and not
Ms. Goesling, a nearly 30-year flight attendant for the airline,
has a work record that puts her among the company's best. She was a
flight crew leader and worked on the airline's recruitment and
training teams. More than once, she received glowing reviews for
work performance, often resulting in special assignments.
In January 2018, one such trip
took her to Germany, where along
with other American Airlines employees, she helped develop a
special international menu for first- and business-class
Also on the trip was a celebrity chef whom American hired even
though the company knew of prior allegations against him for
alcohol abuse and inappropriate sexual relationships, according to
the lawsuit. On the final night of the group's stay, the chef
forced his way into Ms. Goesling's hotel room and sexually
assaulted her. American's own investigation later showed he
admitted to the attack.
"American is responsible because it hired the predator, it
provided the alcohol he drank and then its managers encouraged him
to go to Kimberly's room," said attorney Robert Miller of Dallas' Miller Bryant LLP law firm, who
represents Ms. Goesling. "In fact, we'll be able to show that this
predator only had Kimberly's hotel room number because a member of
American's management team gave it to him."
When Ms. Goesling reported the attack to the company, managers
promised to pay for treatment and allow her time away from work
shifts, as needed. They did neither, instead removing her from her
coveted position on the airline's recruitment team.
Her lawsuit includes claims of sexual assault, conspiracy and
retaliation. The case is Kimberly
Goesling v. American Airlines et al., Cause No. 342-314565-20 in the 342nd
Judicial District Court in Tarrant
Dallas-based Miller Bryant LLP
represents companies and individual clients from the U.S.,
Canada and the Far East. We focus
on Texas business law and civil
dispute resolution. More information at www.miller-brown.com.
SOURCE Miller Bryant LLP