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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