SAN FRANCISCO – A former employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against an airline carrier alleging that it failed to treat its trainees as regular employees and failed to fairly compensate them.

Kathryn Otico filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on May 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Hawaiian Airlines Inc. citing violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in December 2015 she attended a 10-day pre-employment training required by the defendant but was not paid for the time she spent while under training. She alleges she was terminated in March. The plaintiff holds Hawaiian Airlines Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to pay plaintiff for training time, which she alleges is in violation of state and federal law.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks restitution or disgorgement of any ill-gotten profits plus interest, statutory penalties, all damages, prejudgment interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Alisa A. Martin of Amartin Law PC in San Diego and Lindsay C. David of San Diego County Law Offices in Carlsbad.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-02557

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