JetBlue to pay cabin crew $3.6 million for wage lawsuit

JetBlue Airways will pay more than 500 of its flight attendants $3.6 million in settlement of a wage lawsuit that began in 2015.

Flight attendants have accused JetBlue (JBLU) of breaking California law by failing to pay workers when they were forced to skip breaks.

With an applicant notice of notion without opposition, JetBlue (JBLU) flight attendant attorneys recalled that in 2015, their clients filed suit against their employer, JetBlue Airways, for the following claims under California’s labor code: failure to pay minimum wage, non-payment of overtime, waiting time penalties, and failure to provide detailed pay slips.

The plaintiffs sought to seek preliminary approval of a settlement ($3.6 million), which the notion says the defendant, JetBlue Airways, does not object to.

“This $3,600,000 settlement will provide a meaningful payout to the LWDA and significant individual settlement payments to approximately 568 members of the settlement classes,” plaintiff attorneys said.

The lawyers continued: “The settlement also provides for the payment of a class of overtime and final pay in accordance with the decision of this Court in favor of the plaintiffs on these claims. The settlement is non-reversive and not based on claims.

The lawsuit was part of a dispute over whether California’s strict and detailed wage laws apply to flight attendants who are based in the state but spend the vast majority of their time in the air.

Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White denied numerous requests in 2016 and 2017 but put the case on hold pending appeals in several similar lawsuits. After the rulings in favor of plaintiffs, White changed her stance in 2020 and revived several claims against JetBlue (JBLU).

The case is Booher v. JetBlue Airways Corp, US District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 4:15-cv-01203.

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