American Airlines

Fort Worth, Texas

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk


American Airlines scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, American Airlines increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. American Airlines forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into American Airlines over discriminatory practices in hiring. The company is a signatory of the Gender & Diversity KPI Alliance, appearing to prioritize diversity over merit in its business structure through the establishment of gender and racial targets for its leadership composition and its support of DEI in its hiring and promotions. American Airlines supports the Equality Act and transgender participation in female sports. The company denounced state election integrity efforts. American Airlines signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2, which required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex. The company's CEO is a member of the Business Roundtable and its former CEO signed the 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. American Airlines former CEO, Doug Parker, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company is a Platinum Partner of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a Bronze sponsor of Out and Equal, and a founding corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. American Airlines donated to the Equality PAC. For these reasons, American Airlines receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of American Airlines

Robert Isom

Robert Isom


Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, American Airlines is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Transportation industry. Robert Isom and Gregory D. Smith serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $179,400 to Republican causes and $1,083,736 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, American Airlines currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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