United Just Reached a Shocking Settlement With the Man They Dragged from a Plane
Whoa! We didn’t see this coming, at least not so quickly! United Airlines has been suffering PR nightmare after PR nightmare, including refusing to let young girls board because of their leggings, exposing a traveler to a scorpion sting, as well as the death of Simon the giant baby rabbit. But when a man was dragged off of one of their planes in a shockingly violent incident, it was obvious that United not only needed to issue an apology, but they also needed to take a look at how they operate, AND we were pretty sure they’d be offering up a pretty hefty peace offering. However, news has just started buzzing that United has reached a surprising settlement that *no one* was expecting. At least not yet.
The news comes on the same day that United Airlines released a report addressing the results of their internal investigation into the incident that saw passenger David Dao violently pulled from his seat and dragged off of a plane while other passengers looked on. Leaving the doctor with a concussion and broken nose, it’s no wonder he sought a lawyer’s counsel in such a troubling situation.
And thank goodness he did, because that’s surely why Dao and United Airlines have reached a settlement less than a month after the event. That’s right: It took less than a month! While we don’t know how much the settlement was for (that’s something that’s being kept under wraps… for now), the fact that it came so jaw-droppingly fast probably means that it’s for a fairly large number. Seriously, either United offered an amount so staggeringly huge that Dao snapped it up immediately, or they were willing to give him pretty much whatever he wanted to make the bad PR go away. FAST. And TBH, he deserves it, after all he’s been through.
How much do you think United Airlines should have paid David Dao after the violent treatment and injuries he suffered? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t The Washington Post; photos via Alex Wong + Spencer Platt/Getty)
Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, head to our nomination form right here. The deadline for scholarship nominations is September 27th — it's time to take the leap!
Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)