OSHA Tells Airline To Pay Fired Whistleblower $400K

Law360, New York (February 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered cargo airline Southern Air Inc. to fork over more than $400,000 to compensate a flight crew member who was fired for raising safety concerns.

The fine against the Norwalk, Conn.-based carrier, announced Monday by the agency, represents lost wages, back pay, damages and legal fees incurred by the unnamed employee.

According to OSHA officials, the employee was terminated in April 2008 after twice complaining to management about inadequate rest breaks and being required to...
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