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SkyWest co-pilot files suit

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A SkyWest Airlines co-pilot has filed suit against the company alleging a pilot exposed himself to her while on final approach to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport last month.

Paula Manjarrez's suit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, claims that following the incident, SkyWest supervisors laughed and "high-fived" the pilot for "his sexually demeaning and obscene performance."

SkyWest "categorically denies that Ms. Manjarrez was unfairly treated in any way in connection with her employment," said Sabrena Suite, spokeswoman for SkyWest. She declined other comment, saying the airline had not yet been served with the suit.

The suit by the Salt Lake County woman also claims she was unfairly demoted from pilot to co-pilot last May.

Last week, Manjarrez was placed on leave without pay and required to participate in the company's mental health or counseling program to prove her fitness to remain a SkyWest employee, the suit claims.

The suit alleges gender discrimination, retaliatory discrimination and negligent infliction of emotional distress and seeks punitive and compensatory damages and attorney fees.