Split 7th Circuit OKs United’s Changes To Seniority System

Mealey's (December 7, 2015, 1:16 PM EST) -- CHICAGO — An airline’s decision in 2011 to eliminate exceptions to its seniority system for employees with work restrictions did not constitute disability discrimination, a divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 3 (Michael Dunderdale v. United Airlines, Inc., No. 14-2911, 7th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 20981).

(Opinion available. Document #73-151211-022Z.)

Michael Dunderdale began working for United Airlines Inc. in April 1997 as a ramp serviceman at O’Hare International Airport. The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between United and the International Association of Machinists...
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