In a case involving USERRA’s “escalator principle,” our client was paid less of a signing bonus than he should have been paid because of his absence from FedEx for extended military leave. The amount in controversy was only $10,300 and FedEx refused to pay, forcing the Plaintiff to trial. After a one-day bench trial in the US District Court, Southern District of California, FedEx was ordered to pay the full signing bonus, attorneys’ fees, costs and pre-judgment interest.
Read the original article here. Congress enacted the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”) as a successor to a long line of anti-discrimination statutes aimed at protecting certain benefits of employment to which Reserve and National Guard servicemembers are entitled when they leave their civilian jobs for military duty. Although Congress […]
“The prime minister of Malaysia announced in Kuala Lumpur that there was no longer any doubt that the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner, Flight 370, crashed in the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister Najib Razak said the conclusion was based on new analysis of data from an automated satellite system on the plane, performed by Inmarsat and […]
Why can transponders on commercial airplanes be switched off? Gregg Easterbrook offers a thought-provoking commentary on this issue and a way ahead to prevent a future Flight 370-type scenario. “The issue today is exactly as it was on 9/11. Pilots like their locations to be known — for ground assistance, and because the transponder […]
“There is a precedent for a modern jetliner to fall from the sky while ‘in the cruise’ and lie hidden for months, according to CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest. On June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447 was en route from Rio De Janeiro to Paris when communications ended suddenly from the Airbus A330, another […]