American Airlines Can't Dodge Military Benefits Claim

Law360 (May 6, 2020, 3:08 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge is refusing to pare down a proposed class action accusing American Airlines of giving military reserve pilots the short shrift on benefits, finding the dispute at issue was not outside the court's bounds.   

U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III on Tuesday denied the airline's bid to dismiss a breach of contract claim from American Airlines pilot James Scanlan's lawsuit claiming the company didn't properly contribute to a 401(k) profit-sharing plan while pilots were on short-term military leave.

Judge Bartle said that under the Railway Labor Act, so-called minor disputes — which are issues concerning how to interpret...

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