American Airlines is ordered to reimburse two pilots who say they were penalized after claiming to be too sick to fly out of Lambert Airport in St. Louis. The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline was ordered to pay for sick time and interest. The matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency found that the airline erred in rejecting the pilots' medical documentation and illegally recouped sick pay already paid to the pilots. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment. OSHA regional administrator Charles Adkins said pilots shouldn't be forced to decide between flying when they are too sick and suffering retaliation. The airline also ordered to provide whistleblower rights information to its employees.
Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 Updated at 5:36 PM CDT