Department of Labor says Hawker Beechcraft violated Family and Medical Leave Act rules

A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that Hawker Beechcraft, now Beechcraft Corp., interfered with employees’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the agency.

The company has signed a compliance agreement with Department of Labor, the agency said.

As a result, the company will pay three employees $48,800 in back wages and provide information to its work force on proper FMLA procedures.

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons.

A 20-year employee who had been terminated in violation of the FMLA will be reinstated and will receive $45,000 in back wages along with vacation and sick leave hours, the agency said.

The company also will pay two other employees who were wrongfully terminated a total of $3,800 in back wages.

“Our investigation revealed that Hawker Beechcraft’s policies discouraged workers from applying for FMLA leave because employees feared reprisals, violation of privacy and, ultimately loss of employment,” Patricia Preston, Department of Labor district director in Kansas City, Mo., said in a statement.