Airline fined for illegal lie detector tests

SAO PAULO, Brazil — American Airlines has been ordered by Brazilian labor court judge to pay about $500 000 (R5.2m) in damages to a group of its Brazilian employees for submitting them to lie detect

Airline fined for illegal lie detector tests

SAO PAULO, Brazil — American Airlines has been ordered by Brazilian labor court judge to pay about $500 000 (R5.2m) in damages to a group of its Brazilian employees for submitting them to lie detector tests.

In a statement posted Wednesday on its website, the court says Judge Joao Amilcar ruled that the use of the lie detector is illegal because it “violates the employee’s fundamental right to dignity.”

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Amilcar said if American Airlines does not stop using the polygraph it will be fined $5 000 (R52 323) each time it does.

Phone calls seeking comment from American Airlines offices in Sao Paulo rang unanswered.

The company can appeal the ruling.

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