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United Airlines Settles Skycap Wage Lawsuit of $250,000

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A federal judge has approved a final settlement between United Airlines and contracted skycap workers after the workers filed a lawsuit saying United violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by paying them less than minimum wage, and by not allowing them to keep all tips made, USA Today reports.

The lawsuit said the skycaps had to pay the $2 fee imposed by the airline for each passenger bag that was checked curbside to the airlines, to the airlines. Because not all customers paid the fee, the skycap employees sometimes had to pay the fee out of their tip money. Skycaps are generally paid less then minimum wage because most of their wage is paid by tips by airline passengers. However, the lawsuit alleged that because the skycaps were not allowed to keep all their tips, the airline was not entitled to take the tip credit against minimum wage laws.

United Airlines refused to comment on the settlement in which they agreed to pay $250,000 to about 135 skycaps who work at airports across the country, including Denver International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Miami International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Logan International in Boston. disclaimer: This article: United Airlines Settles Skycap Wage Lawsuit of $250,000 was posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 6:17 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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