LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A Los Angeles Superior Court jury sent a powerful message in support of whistleblowers by awarding over $8 million to three employees who complained about unsafe airplane repairs and suffered retaliation: an airplane mechanic (Brian Gruzalski), the mechanic’s supervisor (Stanley Langevin) and their manager (Mark Collins), according to the suit.
During the trial, the jury learned that the employer, Federal Express Corporation, decided to reduce the time spent repairing its old airplanes by about one-third to increase profits. To meet the reduced repair time, FedEx management pressured the airplane mechanics to rush the repairs, the evidence showed. FedEx installed stadium-sized count-down clocks that counted down the seconds and offered management bonuses for getting the airplanes out faster. This caused FedEx’s airplane mechanics to sign off on unsafe repairs and repairs that were not done, the evidence confirmed.Read more here.