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American Airlines loses ruling on pilots" sick pay Печать E-mail
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Автор: Newsmaster   
07.01.2009 18:21
FORT WORTH — Federal regulators said Tuesday they have ordered American Airlines to reimburse two pilots who took leave but were forced to pay back the airline.

American said it planned to appeal the ruling.

The unidentified pilots claimed they were victims of illegal retaliation for saying they were too sick to fly out of Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that American was wrong to reject medical documentation provided by the St. Louis-based pilots.

"A policy that forces pilots to make a choice between flying when they are too sick to do so or being retaliated against violates the law," Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, said in a statement.

Tami McLallen, a spokeswoman for American, said the pilots didn't provide enough evidence of illness, and she denied there was any retaliation. She declined to further discuss specifics of this case.

McLallen said in cases where a pilot has been out for a long time or there is "an unusual use of sick leave," the company asks for documentation. She said sick pay is questioned only "when substantiation is not provided or is insufficient as deemed by our medical department."

American, a unit of Fort Worth-based AMR and the nation's second-largest airline, has had a long-running dispute with its pilots' union over the carrier's sick-leave policy.

Gregg Overman, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, said American's policy "put pilots in an untenable situation. We think OSHA did the right thing."

OSHA also ordered American to provide whistle-blower-rights information to employees.

OSHA is best known for enforcing workplace-safety laws but it also investigates complaints filed under a law that protects airline employees who report violations of federal aviation regulations.

Shares of American Airlines parent AMR Corp. rose 52 cents, or 4.6%, to finish Tuesday's trading at $11.74.

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