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Flight Engineer’s Whistleblower Claim Was Not Preempted By Federal Law

Ventress v. Japan Airlines, 603 F.3d 676 (2010) Martin Ventress, a flight engineer for Japan Airlines (“JAL”), alleged his employment was terminated in violation of the California whistleblower statute (Labor Code § 1102.5(b)) for allegedly reporting safety violations six months after they occurred. JAL moved for judgment on the pleadings, asserting complete federal preemption by … Continue Reading

No Private Right Of Action Under Federal Whistleblower Protection Program

Williams v. United Airlines, Inc., 500 F.3d 1019 (9th Cir. 2007) Anthony L. Williams, a maintenance worker, sued United Airlines and his former supervisor, alleging retaliatory discrimination under the Federal Airline Deregulation Act’s Whistleblower Protection Program (WPP) and related state law claims. Williams claimed that he was terminated in retaliation for a dispute related to an … Continue Reading

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