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American Airlines Accused of Wage, Break Violations at LAX (1)

Dec. 2, 2019, 4:17 PMUpdated: Dec. 2, 2019, 4:45 PM

A Los Angeles-based airport agent sued American Airlines Inc. in California federal court for alleged labor violations that could affect between 400 and 4,000 airport workers.

Eva Solis, who worked at Los Angeles and Ontario International Airports, filed a putative class and collective action Nov. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of other hourly-paid American Airlines employees who work in California airports. Solis alleges that American Airlines violates minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest break, recordkeeping, and business-expense reimbursement provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and California law.

American Airlines rounds-down the actual time worked and recorded by its employees, improperly calculates overtime wages, and doesn’t maintain accurate timesheets, payroll records, or wage statements, Solis alleges.

Airport workers don’t receive consistent, timely rest or meal breaks, Solis says, and American Airlines automatically deducts 30-minute meal breaks regardless of whether employees actually received full and uninterrupted breaks.

American Airlines also fails to provide employees with adequate seating near their work areas, Solis claims.

In addition, airport workers aren’t reimbursed for the cost of required, standardized uniforms or uniform-maintenance expenses, Solis says.

Causes of Action: Violations of the FLSA, California Labor Code, California Business and Professions Code, and Los Angeles Administrative Code.

Relief: Unpaid minimum wage and/or overtime compensation, liquidated damages, civil and statutory penalties, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Potential Class Size: Between 400 and 4,000 putative members, according to the complaint.

Response: American Airlines declined to comment Dec. 2.

Attorneys: Harris & Ruble and Law Offices of John P. Dorigan represent Solis and the putative class.

The case is Solis v. American Airlines, Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 19-cv-10181, 11/29/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kathleen Dailey at kdailey@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com; Steven Patrick at spatrick@bloomberglaw.com