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Pilot alleges United Airlines failed to give him sick leave benefits while he was deployed

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 6, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A California man is suing United Airlines for not giving him proper benefits when he was on assignment with the U.S. Air Force.

 

Daniel Fandrei filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division on Aug. 15 against United Airlines, alleging the company failed to give him the proper benefits when was stationed as a KC-10 pilot at an Air Force base in Southwest Asia.

 

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was a former officer in the United States Air Force. After his time with the Air Force, he joined the United States Air Force Reserve. In 2000, while in the reserves, he was hired as a pilot with United, the suit states. While on a military assignment for four months from Dec. 9, 2012, to March 13, 2013, the plaintiff allegedly did not receive accrued sick leave benefits from the defendant.

 

The plaintiff filed a complaint with the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, alleging the defendant violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) by failing to credit him with sick leave benefits while stationed in the military.

 

Fandrei seeks the accrued sick leave he believes he is due as part of the USERRA. He is represented by U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon.

 

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division Case number 1:16-cv-08076

 

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