Thirteen Flight Attendants Settle AIR 21 Case with United


The thirteen United flight attendants are excited to get back to work.

United Airlines and 13 flight attendants that the company relieved of their duties in October 2014 announced on March 8, 2016, that they have reached a resolution to their disagreement.

The flight attendants filed a complaint with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under AIR 21. As part of the settlement, United will reinstate the flight attendants to their duties and the flight attendants will withdraw their OSHA filing. The remaining terms of the resolution reached between the parties are confidential.

“The safety of our employees and customers is paramount. We respect the right of our employees to raise concerns in good faith about the safety or security of our operations, and encourage them to do so,” said Sam Risoli, United’s senior vice president of inflight services. “We welcome these flight attendants back to our team.”

David J. Marshall, who led the legal team representing the flight attendants before OSHA, stated that his clients were happy to be reinstated to their jobs with United.

“The protections that federal law provides to airline workers are essential to the safety of passenger airline operations,” Mr. Marshall said. “I’m glad that United and these flight attendants have come to a resolution that underscores the importance of these laws for airlines and their employees.”

Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Alison B. Asarnow and senior counsel Hannah Alejandro joined Mr. Marshall in representing the flight attendants.