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