United Rebuffs Workers' Bid For Paid Military Leave

By Celeste Bott (March 12, 2019, 9:55 PM EDT) -- United Airlines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. told an Illinois federal judge Monday they have no obligation under a federal anti-discrimination law to provide employees with paid military leave.

In a bid to dismiss a case from workers seeking compensation for their time on military leave, the airline said the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act clearly states that private sector employers aren't required to pay wages to service members for that time.

Under the law, only federal employers must pay workers for military leave, and the proposed class of United employees are asking the court to "add obligations beyond...

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