For Immediate Release - September 18, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office and Delta Airlines Reach Agreement to Change Employee Policies

Airline will also make $35,000 payment to the Commonwealth

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has reached a settlement agreement with Atlanta, Georgia-based Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Delta) to resolve allegations that the company failed to pay certain workers on a schedule permissible under Massachusetts Law.

In January 2009, the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division began investigating Delta's payment practices on behalf of hourly non-flight crew workers (e.g. maintenance technicians, support mechanics, and customer service agents) who reported that they were being paid on a semi-monthly payment schedule. Under Massachusetts Law, employers are required to pay non-exempt employees on either a weekly or biweekly schedule. After being contacted by the Attorney General's Office, Delta cooperated fully with the investigation. In addition to paying $35,000 to the Commonwealth, Delta has agreed to pay these hourly employees on a biweekly payroll system and to pay to them interest on the delayed wage payments as a result of the semi-monthly payments. There was no allegation that employees had not been paid, only that payment was delayed.

The Attorney General's Office is responsible for enforcing the laws regulating the payment of wages laws, overtime and misclassification of employees in the Commonwealth. Workers who believe they have not been paid all their wages, including earned vacation pay wage or that their rights have been violated are strongly urged to call the Attorney General's Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465. More information about the wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the Attorney General's Workplace Rights website:

The matter was settled by Assistant Attorney General Bruce Trager of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division and Assistant Attorney General Joanne Goldstein, Chief of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division with assistance from investigator James Coughlin also of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division.