American Airlines, Inc. finds itself as the defendant in a lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleges he was deprived of proper pay and break periods.
The proposed class action, which has been recently removed from state to federal court in California, charges that the airline fails to maintain any policy that encourages employees to take their breaks. In fact, the case continues, the defendant allegedly understaffs each shift, leaving employees unable to take meal and rest breaks if they want to finish their work on time. The plaintiff further alleges that when he did take a break, he was required to resume working if a plane arrived during that time.
According to the complaint, American Airlines automatically deducts one hour of pay even though the plaintiff and others “seldomly, if even ever, were provided with a one-hour, interrupted, duty-free meal period.” Additionally, in violation of California labor law, the company allegedly failed to pay the plaintiff premiums for missed and interrupted break periods. Consequently, the suit adds, the plaintiff’s wage statements were inaccurate, in that they misstated his time worked, including his overtime hours.