seventh Circ. Says Damages For Pilot’s FMLA Win Too Low

Law360 (April 30, 2021, 4:21 p.m. EDT) – A regional airline operating United Airlines express flights cannot dispute a jury’s judgment that impeded a former diabetic’s access to medical leave. The $ 430,000 in damages was miscalculated by a lower court and was inadequate.

A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld a ruling in favor of John Cloutier against GoJet Airlines LLC, but found that an Illinois court had cut the pilot’s damages by approximately $ 200,000.

“The district court accidentally rewarded GoJet at the expense of Cloutier, the injured employee,” said Judge Joel Flaum. “Approval of the inconsistent monthly work figures of the district court …

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