Continental Told to Butt Out of Pilots' Bedrooms
Continental Airlines kicked up a stir in 2009 when they went after nine pilots for having "sham divorces" in order to get early pension benefits.
"No tears and no hearts breaking, no remorse..."
The airline apparently felt it could determine what is and isn't true love, or true divorce, a skill almost as admirable as their ability to run up baggage fees on you.
Their analytical powers were challenged in court, and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided this week with the pilots.
"There is a significant difference between allowing federal tribunals such as the tax, bankruptcy and immigration courts to consider whether a divorce is a sham, and authorizing a private entity such as Continental to make such a determination, which would involve independently investigating employees' private lives in order to judge the genuineness of the intent behind their divorces," the court wrote.
Meaning even after you divorce your spouse, you can still tap his or her ass as much as you want and Continental can't do a thing about it.
"We're grateful our clients were vindicated and that employers can't engage in this kind of privacy intrusion," Steve Mitby, an attorney for the pilots, said. "The court affirmed those principles and created precedent that protects others when it stated categorically that pension plans should not be investigating the private lives of employees."
Maybe Continental can now focus on getting some damn leg room on their planes.