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NYC paid safe and sick leave case with American Airlines settled

Christian Fernsby |
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter A. Hatch announced a settlement agreement with American Airlines to resolve violations of the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law.

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As part of the settlement, American Airlines’ federal lawsuit arguing that the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law does not apply to airport workers will be dropped.

The settlement also requires American Airlines to pay $220,000 to 598 ground crew workers whose rights had been violated, including its management and support staff, fleet service and mechanical employees, and passenger service employees, and to comply with the law going forward by updating their safe and sick policy which will improve access to leave for thousands of ground crew workers.

DCWP’s workplace wide investigation found that American Airlines illegally assigned disciplinary points for each sick day used by ground crew workers and therefore illegally retaliated against employees for using sick leave.

The airline also failed to pay employees for sick leave at the required rate, failed to allow employees to use accrued sick leave, illegally required advance notice of the unforeseeable need to use sick leave, illegally required medical documentation for sick leave absences of three or fewer days, and failed to provide employees with the Notice of Employee Rights. DCWP has received more than 2,470 complaints about Paid Safe and Sick Leave, closed more than 2,175 investigations, and obtained resolutions requiring more than $13.9 million in combined fines and restitution for more than 37,515 workers.


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