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When This Pilot Quit Her Job, Her Employer Billed Her $20,000Kate Fredericks quit her job flying for the cargo airline Ameriflight in late November 2021, six and a half months into her stint as a pilot based out of Puerto Rico. It was the most expensive resignation she could imagine. (www.huffpost.com) More...
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The airline industry is not the only industry where people are given training paid for by the company with the requirement of having to work X number of years for the company to get their return of investment in said training. She agreed to such requirements, she either fulfils said requirements or pays the company back for it.
Just like student loans. You sign the contract, you are obligated to complete it. I have ZERO sympathy for this person.
well - you know how that is heading now, too.
“People need to be free to make their own choices" - what choice did she not feel was free at the time she signed? When you sign a document, you should have FULLY UNDERSTOOD what you were signing up for. Economies change from year to year and sometimes, day to day. I've never understood people who sign something then complain about it later when it no longer satisfies them. Get one of those "better paying jobs", pay the training fee back, stop whining and get on with life. Chalk it up to another life lesson learned.
I agree with the comments already posted. She had freedom of choice, didn’t honor the contract. Ameriflight is protecting its future. Airlines invest up to 200,000 dollars for initial training with new hires. Shortage of pilots will swing requirements in favor of applicants now. At least until next downturn. Good flights.
So, her lawsuit could mean that the airlines change the model, so they provide a loan, with a forgiveness program for as long as the employee is employed by them, and if they quit, they will be responsible for the remainder. It's the same deal in the end.