American Airlines Punished Staff for Reporting Toxic Fumes on Planes

By Aleks Phillips

American Airlines punished employees for raising health concerns and discouraged them from reporting work-related illness, a Department of Labor investigation has found.

Federal investigators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discovered that the nation’s largest air carrier “retaliated” against flight attendants who reported falling ill because of toxic fumes. The government body has called on American Airlines to pay $6,837 in penalties for violations of the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act.

It initiated an investigation on August 2 after concerns were raised by whistleblowers, OSHA said in a statement on Wednesday. A Department of Labor spokesperson told Newsweek that “all flight attendants/crews were subject to these policies, which led to several complaints of retaliation being filed with OSHA.”

Flight attendants alleged that the airline docked attendance points for complaining about their illnesses and discouraged them from making workplace injury and illness reports.

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