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Sacked CX Pilots Sue For US$100 Million In L.A.

Thu Oct 04, 2001 7:17 am

Pilots sue Cathay Pacific

By Mark Odell in London
Published: October 3 2001 21:36 | Last Updated: October 3 2001 21:38

Nine former Cathay Pacific pilots on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against the Hong Kong-based airline seeking $100m in damages for unfair dismissal and libel.

The pilots were among 49 dismissed by the airline in July in an acrimonious dispute over pay and conditions. The pilots, who live in California, flew for Cathay out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. They allege they were sacked for expressing concerns about safety-related issues, a right that is protected under California law.

The law suit also alleges that after the dismissals the airline's management began a smear campaign against the pilots in which Cathay said it sacked them for performance-related reasons.

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RE: Sacked CX Pilots Sue For US$100 Million In L.A.

Fri Oct 05, 2001 8:18 am

Would they even have jurisdiction in this case, against a foreign company based in Hong Kong, and owned by a British entity -- ie, CX?
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RE: Sacked CX Pilots Sue For US$100 Million In L.A

Fri Oct 05, 2001 8:20 am

I'd love to know where that 100M is going to come from...
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RE: Sacked CX Pilots Sue For US$100 Million In L.A.

Fri Oct 05, 2001 9:38 am

There would be jurisdiction cause they operate flights out of CA, and the US for that matter. Carriers have to follow the laws of the countries they operate in, whether its hushkitting US planes for Europe, or employee rights in California.
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RE: Sacked CX Pilots Sue For US$100 Million In L.A.

Fri Oct 05, 2001 10:47 am

That'll teach 'em to hire those sue happy Americans!
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RE: Sacked CX Pilots Sue For US$100 Million In L.A.

Fri Oct 05, 2001 11:29 am

Pilots on bases are officially employed by made up companies especially for those pilots. Officially they are not employed by Cathay, although they are obviously Cathay pilots. These pilots were employed by an American company, so can sue all they like!!

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