Travers v. Flight Services & Systems, Inc., No. 14-1745 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Defendant, a company that provides skycap services to airlines, was defending against a class action lawsuit when Plaintiff, one of the skycaps that Defendant had employed, brought an individual suit against Defendant, alleging unlawful termination. Specifically, Plaintiff alleged that Defendant fired him for his role in helping to organize the class action. A jury rendered a verdict in favor of Plaintiff, and the district court awarded damages and attorney’s fees and costs. Both parties appealed. The First Circuit (1) affirmed the verdict in favor of Plaintiff and the awarded of damages and attorney’s fees; (2) affirmed the district court’s decisions not to treble the emotional-distress damages award that the district court had ordered on remittitur and not to grant prejudgment interest on the emotional-distress damages; but (3) vacated the district court’s elimination of front-pay damages. Remanded.