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On July 14, 2015, Mildenberg Law Firm, PC, on behalf of 80 African American and minority employees of American/US Airways in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC, filed a request with US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, requesting the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) initiate a federal investigation into the airline’s safety practices, treatment of minority employees, and handling of evidence during the pendency of dual federal safety investigations. Persons interested in providing information regarding the case, or employees who wish to have their potential claims reviewed, can submit information to our law firm BY CLICKING HERE.
During our investigation, we filed Complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) and the US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) concerning unsafe equipment and air carrier safety practices at Philadelphia International Airport. The FAA/OSHA Complaint is attached to the DOJ letter at Exhibit A.
The FAA found that a “violation of an order, regulation or standard of the FAA related to air carrier safety occurred.” The FAA also advised that it was “taking appropriate enforcement action.” The letter of substantiation from the FAA is attached to the DOJ Letter at Exhibit B.
OSHA also found violations, fined the airline $11,000.00, and issued Notices of Violation. The OSHA findings are attached at Exhibit C to the DOJ Letter.
During our investigation, we discovered American Airlines/US Airways equipment, trucks, and baggage carts miles outside of the Philadelphia International Airport, around the time of federal FAA and OSHA inspections. The equipment found outside of the airport was the kind of equipment our clients citied in their FAA/OSHA Complaint. In our DOJ Complaint, we request the DOJ to investigate how and why this equipment was found miles from the airport, in North Philadelphia, around the time that this kind of equipment was being investigated by OSHA and the FAA. Photographs are provided below.
A copy of the Letter of Complaint filed with the DOJ can be read below, with photographs following, below the letter to the Attorney General:
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Photographs of the alleged unsafe equipment in use at the Philadelphia International Airport are provided below. Below the first gallery are photographs of equipment that was discovered during our investigation miles outside of the Philadelphia International Airport, around the time of federal FAA and OSHA inspections.
Gallery: Equipment that was discovered during our investigation miles outside of the Philadelphia International Airport, around the time of federal FAA and OSHA inspections.