Travers v. Flight Servs. & Sys., Inc., No. 13-1438 (1st Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Joseph Travers worked as a skycap for Flight Services & Systems, Inc., a company that provides services to airlines, including JetBlue. Travers filed a putative class lawsuit against JetBlue and Flight Services, alleging that Defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to pay the federal minimum wage. While a decision on Travers's motion to certify conditionally an opt-in class under the FLSA was pending, Flight Services fired Travers for allegedly violating company policy. Travers filed this action against Flight Services, asserting that he was fired in retaliation for his FLSA lawsuit. The district court granted summary judgment to Flight Services. The First Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the district court's grant of summary judgment, holding a reasonable jury could return a verdict for Travers without relying on inferences or speculation. Remanded.