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Delta settles with pilot who was grounded after raising safety concerns

Delta Air Lines has settled allegations by a pilot who said the airline ordered her to undergo a psychiatric examination and barred her from flying in retaliation for raising safety concerns to company executives. ( More...

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EMK69 33
Seems to me $500K is not enough.
James Simms 7
Alejandro green 1
I agree It is not enough for all she had to go through for 6 years but that doesn't include all the back pay and any bonuses she missed and paid vacation sick time lost that they owe. The 500K she got was probably more than likely for the pain and suffering. I know and fully understand what she went through and believe me it is the most stress full thing to go through.They try and dig up dirt on you and your past to discredit the employee it gets nasty and ugly because the company doesnt care about the employee your all of a sudden an enemy for speaking up on safety and they threaten the jobs of any witnesses you have still working at the company. They ll say that they are not doing this but believe me they are saw it first hand.
I had that same judge he is not a fair judge at all.This DOL judge believe me is in the corporates pocket and makes an unchallenged ruling he has a lot of power. In this case He had no choice here but to go along probably with the mediators decision reluctantly since the judge is ruling obviously was appealed and a mediator brought in to decide this case as reported. I had prima-facie established and 100% evidence but yet this very judge is very much against the little guy the worker and doesn't want to initiate media attention if possible at all cost on a major fortune 500 company . This pilot probably had the funds to continue most employees can not continue an appeal and stop as it is very expensive and the judge most likely gets his way in his single handed ruling as there is no jury. so an appeal takes more time and costs more money ending it without an appeal.
patrick baker 31
in a fantasy world, delta would be compelled to allecute to the falsehoods and dirty tricks used against this pilot for doing good and ethical aims at exposing the grey areas pilots were operating in from time to time. The company tried to squash, pulvarize and defame her, now they stand exposed.
carste10 1
Very similar to politics.
Terry Briggs 12
Recommend everyone read the linked article in Mr. Pyle's comment below for the more complete story. Sad commentary that the boss who initiated the actions against her has been promoted. For most organizations, safety is never first. Profits and control of their employees are.
Paul Miller 10
Now we see just WHY a lot of workers in companies DON'T whistle blow? simply because it's just about ruins your career with that company. To me at least? It's still a case of say nothing and don't rock the boat (or plane in this case) excuse the pun.
Dale Hill 6
Yup. For sure. Anyone willing to blow the whistle…. Document, document, document, Facts! Have a lot of detailed info. Not hearsay.
Alejandro green 6
That is what I thought but they find ways to get around documentation as they did in my case.Its all who they liked.
Bill Seward 4
And a large bank account. You'll still have to eat after you get a hopped-up diagnosis of something or other.
Bill Seward 1
And a large bank account. You'll still have to eat after you get a hopped-up diagnosis of something-or-other.
Alejandro green 3
Your right that whistle blower program will do you no good you hit it right on.The managers have the upper hand and the corporate lawyers back them to the hill and F... you and your family and lively hood. Saftey is second to corporate save your money you will not win.
Etienne Daniels 8
How many executives where investigated and ended up in Jail or got fired?
Alejandro green 3
zero they keep working but the worker suffers
lynx318 8
When you have a dispute with what a boss does, you need to go next level above rather than go to the cause of the problem.
Gregg Hales 15
So the whistleblower laws are a toothless tiger? Any executive who is complicit in any action against safety or raised safety concerns should bear the full brunt of the law. Oh, hang on, how about we give them a position where they can actually control some of the safety side like elect them to lead the regulator of all the nation's civil aviation activities. Yes, that will work.
Joe Serdynski 15
when doing the right thing becomes the wrong thing . . . where did that come from . . . may I direct you to Delta's CEO . . .
drummist814 7
More here:
Bab Bezat 1
Thanks for posting this.
Dale Hill 5
Hopefully she stuck to her guns and didn’t give in for a breezy settlement. Safety issues like this deserve the highest attention and shouldn’t be swept under the carpet for just a settlement. She claims these instances happen regularly? This deserves federal investigation at the highest levels. The next question is did Delta violate ethics by basically putting/having someone in the FAA to give them favor or side with them to cover up misdoings.
Thanks to her abuse and sacrifices this ‘can’ has been opened up!
mmc7090 3
Everyone at ComAir survied Delta's tyranny for decades nothing new here.
Joe Keifer 4
The pilot should replace the current CEO of Delta. And truth be told, when Delta and Northwest merged, they should have kept the Northwest name and business model.
Leander Williams 2
The question is whether she is back on flying status, either with that airline or another. Being out of the air for so long requires extensive retraining.
Leander Williams 2
Seems that she was probably just ready to put it behind her, because if I were a judge and it came to my court, there would be compensation for lost wages, mental anguish, cost of retraining, and punitive damages for notifying the airline of possible issues and them retaliating.
Mark Kortum 3
This short article was not nearly enough to shed light on all that went on. Questions that remain include the following: Was the OCD diagnosis correct or trumped up? Were the allegations she made found to be accurate and what did Delta do to correct them? Was she supported, or not, by her pilot union? It sounds like she acted alone. Why? Did she attempt to include other pilots and why were they not willing to speak up?
Jonah Saitz 3
“ Hired by Delta for $74,000, Dr. David Altman produced the necessary diagnosis: In 2016, he evaluated Petitt as having bipolar disorder.

Altman later testified that his diagnosis was driven in part by Petitt’s accomplishments. The books, the degrees, the piloting job, all while raising kids, it was “well beyond what any woman I’ve ever met could do” — and therefore suggestive that she was manic” -Seattle Times Article by Dominic Gates
Jonah Saitz 1
In response to a request for comment, Delta provided a statement that made no apology and admitted no wrongdoing.

“We made a business decision to settle the matter rather than appeal a decision that we disagreed with,” spokesperson Catherine Morrow wrote in an email. “Delta’s fitness for duty testing process for pilots is in place to ensure safety and it works.”
Jonah Saitz 2
Read the Seattle Times Article by Dominic Gates, all the allegations by Petitt were proven in court, the false diagnosis was Bi-Polar Disorder not OCD
Bryan Guilbeau 1
So Glad Karlene sought, and found Justice, in the End!
DB Vesty 1
Does a clinically valid Bipolar Disorder diagnosis keep someone from flying a commercial plane? Maybe someone here knows.
carste10 1
Most definitely, until the condition has been successfully treated and shows no further manifestations.But this is a long and costly process, especially to exercise commercial privileges.
Jay Blumenthal 1
The law firm that represented the plaintiff has (posted on their website) details on this case. I promote checking there if you want to know more:
...and select the title toward the bottom for the summary; select the "Delta Safety" tab at the top for more detailed documents.

As a separate thought, this firm appears to have been legally diligent in this aviation safety-related case; they may be worth keeping in a file somewhere...
Duane Mader 1
I’m not a 121 guy but I always thought the commute to your domicile was on you. The airline is not forcing you to live elsewhere. I’ve had friends tell me stories of some pretty rough first days on their bid.
Gideon Yuval 1
was the psychiatrist shot at dawn?
Randall Bursk -1
Article to short to analyze facts. Delta has a great airline service reputation and employee satisfaction. CEO has and continues to do great things for the customer, public, in times of need. Fatigue is closely monitored by FAA and scheduling with all airlines. Going to work, I commuted day before my International flights. Only going home did I commute same day. Most of the time enjoyed to relax until the following day. Fine line between duty regulations and commuting on a work day. In the case of an incident or accident. Details of what you did prior to the start of your trip is studied. Including what crews do on rest sequences during a trip. How much sleep in a hotel. 35 years of flying, calling scheduling, they took care of problems for me. I helped out when they needed it. Do it all over again. Best going forward.
Jonah Saitz 2
This Article is quite detailed with all of the facts
tcnine 3
I can guarantee you Mr. Bastion’s pilots are not satisfied with Delta, or himself. 3 years at the negotiating table while other employee groups received raises and their regional partners such as Endeavor have received 65% and 59% pay raises (FO, Capt respectively). Oh, and by the way Mr. Bastion is the highest paid CEO of the big 3 by a large margin.
James Cox 1
Duane Mader 0
Yeah, complaining that you wore yourself out getting to work because you don’t want to live in your domicile doesn’t seem legit to me but I’ve never been 121.
AAaviator -1
Not enough info to make a determination here. The voluminous list of complaints and allegations against delta could be accurate and substantiated, but on the other hand, the same voluminous list of grievances and complaints can also raise questions concerning the dogged zealousness of the Individual presenting the safety manifesto. I don’t know what the real story is here, and I’m not sure anyone else does either.
Jim Allen 5
Wait a minute- so if I report 1 thing, it’s Ok? But if I report 100 things that are wrong, the problem is mine? Don’t get me wrong, I see where you’re coming from. There are plenty of people with axes to grind. But that management isn’t running a passenger carrier.
Michael Penney 1
Good point, but one should report individual issues as they are identified via the proper channels. Again, we all are getting a small bit of the story and the concerns may have been reported on several "cases" properly.


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