Southwest Underfunds Service Members’ Benefits, Pilot Says

July 17, 2017, 4:56 PM

Southwest Airlines Inc. violates pilots’ military service civil rights when it fails to continue benefit contributions while they’re on military leave, according to a lawsuit filed July 14 in California (Huntsman v. Southwest Airlines Co., N.D. Cal., No. 4:17-cv-03972, complaint filed 7/14/17).

The airline doesn’t contribute to a pension fund for pilot Jayson Huntsman and other service members while they’re away on Air Force reserve duty, according to the federal court complaint.

Southwest also fails to provide sick leave accruals during the members’ military leave, the lawsuit claims. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act requires sick ...

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