Airline ordered to pay $400,000 To 'whistleblower'
NORWALK - Federal authorities have ordered a Connecticut-based cargo airline to pay more than $400,000 to a flight crew member who was fired after raising safety concerns.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials said this week that they have ordered Southern Air Inc. to compensate the employee for lost wages, back pay, damages and legal fees.
OSHA officials say the crew member was fired by Norwalk-based Southern Air in April 2008 after complaining that workers lacked adequate rest breaks and were being forced to work more hours than federal rules allow. The employee filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA.
Messages seeking comment were left Tuesday with Southern Air executives.
OSHA does not release the names of workers who file whistleblower complaints.