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PHD. MBA. MHS. Type rated on A350, A330, B777, B747-400, B747-200, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration. Fighting for Aviation Safety and Airline Employee Advocacy. Safety Culture and SMS change agent.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Justice Is Served

On the Long Island Rail Road! 

On July 20, 2023, federal Administrative Law Judge Scott R. Morris found that the MTA Long Island Rail Road Company (LIRR) had once again retaliated against whistleblower Anthony Inganamorte who had reported unsafe rail conditions that could lead to derailments. But this was not the first time the Rail Road management had retaliated. 

In 2017, Anthony Inganamorte filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that the MTA Long Island Railroad Company had disqualified him from the Foreman position in retaliation for his reports of unsafe rail conditions and wage theft. The LIRR’s complacency towards safety has led directly to train derailments. Thanks to his attorney, Lee Seham, and truth on his side, Anthony's litigation ended successfully with a decision by federal Administrative Law Judge Jonathan C. Calianos, on August 11, 2020, ordering the LIRR to reinstate him to the foreman position. 

And then they retaliated again! 

This time it was Judge Morris who found that the LIRR had subjected him to the adverse action of GPS surveillance on the “exact date” that he returned to the foreman position. Using particularly harsh language, Judge Morris asserted that the LIRR’s “contumacious conduct raised at least the specter of spoliation,” or the intentional destruction of evidence. 

Judge Morris also held the railroad’s law firm responsible for engaging in motion practice that he characterized as “gamesmanship.” As attorney Lee Seham stated, “If you have nothing to hide, there is no need to withhold and/or destroy evidence. It is obvious that the LIRR has a lot to hide.”

I've had the opportunity to meet Anthony and discuss his case. His entire focus was on passenger safety. I wholeheartedly agree with Lee when he says Anthony is, "A man of unparalleled integrity. To take adverse action against someone who makes safety his number one priority is unspeakable, particularly when the LIRR appears to turn a blind eye to individuals who violate these same safety standards.”

If you find yourself In a Labor Dispute
You might want to contact 
Lee Seham

Congratulations Anthony!
This has been a long fight. 
And you deserved this win.

Please join me and congratulate 
Anthony and Lee on finding justice!

Unless you've walked in those shoes, it's difficult to understand the pain and suffering that people undergo as the result of attempting to improve safety when the company wants you silenced. I understand. Anthony understands. As do many others. 

On September 7th I will be the keynote speaker at the Workplace Promise Institute conference. Please join me in Washington D.C. or by live-stream, to share the vision of a safe place to work. "Culture change happens when energized personnel – across organizations, communities, and governments make healthy and informed decisions in the workplace." The Workplace Promise Institute is the education center for Whistleblowers of America. I hope you can join us. 

Enjoy the Journey
Dr. Karlene Petitt
A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Monday, July 10, 2023

The Legal System and Aviation

 Is There Justice?

The Curious "Cases"of 
Federal Judge Robert S. Lasnik
United States District Court 
for the Western District of Washington

"I'm a judge and you can't touch me!"

Disclaimer: All quoted statements under Judge Lasnik's pictures are "captions"... not his actual statements. 

Appointed by former President Bill Clinton, Judge Lasnik has "Senior Status,"  He was also assigned to my DFR lawsuit against ALPA. But let's back up a bit....

Delta paid Dr. David B. Altman $74,000 in their retaliatory effort to get rid of me for bringing forth safety concerns.  Check out the Maximus video. if you're new to this event. Delta lost. Delta lost again in appeal. They finally threw in the towel. I retired from Delta thereafter because nobody was held accountable. 

Delta has a policy that retaliation will not be tolerated subject to termination, yet nobody was disciplined; all were either promoted or retained their same positions. I'm most certain when the CEO/Chairman of the board is involved, you cannot discipline others and allow yourself to go unscathed. 

The FAA has a little thing called a reporting culture that supports a Federal Regulation called SMS. Yet, they, too, have looked the other way. 

Unfortunately ALPA helped Delta, directed by National ALPA where Delta runs that pilot union. You can find the list of  grievances I was fighting for the pilots here, and ALPA threw me under the bus. All grievances were thrown out. ALPA even signed a letter enabling Delta to take me back to court with a collateral estoppel claim. 

I had gone years fighting this Delta battle alone, and the thousands of dollars I paid in dues be damned! What can be done?

"Come on, what's the problem she got her job back?"

The Final Straw. The Grievance: 

At the opening of the grievance hearing Jeff Wall, Delta's attorney stated:  

"This proceeding here, in the view of Delta Air Lines, is not a proceeding in which the Association and Delta are necessarily opposing parties.

 First Officer Petitt has repeatedly criticized, and I would suggest even defamed representatives of the Association, including representatives of the national organization for ALPA, local counsel for ALPA, and other ALPA representatives, including what’s known as AMAS, of ALPA Aeromedical."

Jeff Loesel ( my National ALPA attorney remained silent. He did not object that ALPA and Delta were not opposing parties. His silence told arbitrator Gerald E. Wallin that he agreed with Jeff Wall and that Delta and ALPA were in this together against me. 

After ALPA signed the Document 
That sent me Back to Court
I finally filed that DFR
Duty of Fair Representation

And Judge Lasnik was assigned!

"Cross my heart I would never..." 

I thought Lasnik was a labor judge and might believe in the sanctity of the union representing pilots. Then it occurred to me, if he was a Labor guy, would he rule in favor of the union despite what they did? But truth be told, the numbers of ways that ALPA did not defend me were too many and too obvious. And an ALPA National attorney telling the arbitrator he agreed with Delta by silence, a tacit agreement they were on the same side, could not be over looked. 

June 3, 2021, Judge Lasnik Ruled in 
Favor of ALPA

"You don't's far too technical" 

Judge Lasnik did not believe that the ALPA attorney's silence, when Delta said they were on the same side, followed by Arbitrator Wallin immediately requesting a "ten minute break" so he could “Sit here and think about things for a while" had any bearing on Wallin's decision.  

Because Judge Lasnik decided that Loesel's and Delta's actions were above board, he would not allow all other facts of the case into the trial, because they were time-barred. Judge Lasnik is a voracious reader, and I would bet  that he's read the Federalist Papers No 78 and knows that the reason the AIR21 law was enacted because safety cannot be in the hands of a businessman... the arbitrator. They can be bought. 

I also had two other cases, both fraud. One against Dr. Altman and the other against Delta's in house attorney, Christopher Puckett. 

"Yeah baby... I can take care of these cases too!"

December 7, 2021 
Both Fraud Cases 
are Re-Assigned to Judge Lasnik! 

Despite a few holiday's and a typical Federal judge's workload, within only 5 months he ruled in favor of Delta... I mean Puckett. I filed an appeal in the 9th circuit but ended dropping it after a Delta attorney had told me that Delta had engaged a war of attrition on me. What could I do? I did not have the inclination to fight the losing battle with very deep pockets. 

But I proceeded with Dr. Altman's case. 

"It's not my fault... it's called power, money and politics"

January 31, 2023 I retired because a captain should not have to look over her shoulder for the remainder of her career, or deal with ongoing insidious ways that a management team could legally retaliate. The many ways I experienced retaliation, from the moment Delta lost the case, took my health. Delta's retaliation even grounded passengers from Seattle to Amsterdam when scheduling refused me the flight to avoid paying me a greenslip. Pilots should focus on flying, not what the company will do next. And no amount of money or any job is worth your health 

Coincidentally, the day I retired... 

January 31, 2023, 
Judge Lasnik 
Ruled in Favor 
of Dr. Altman! 

"The coincidence was only this big"

I filed a motion to reconsider because he not only ruled incorrectly on the facts, but I had new evidence to admit. Dr. Chien, an FAA approved AME  acknowledged that Dr. Altman was “his mentor”, that he “taught him his process”, that “doctors can be bought,” and that “this (buying doctors) is a dirty business.” Of course Lasnik will see reason. Nope. 

May 05/2023
Judge Lasnik 
Denied My  Motion

"You've got to see it my way...If so, I'll sell you 
some oceanside property in Oklahoma." 

July 9, 2023
I filed an Appeal in 
The 9th Circuit Court

Judge Lasnik cannot possibly have an unbiased opinion in this case due to his participation in the process that relieved Delta’s other collaborators from liability. If this were to go to trial, that information becomes public and the world will see his faulty ruling in both Puckett and ALPA. 

Delta cannot allow this to go to to trial because the world will see the details of what they did and the players involved. Furthermore, Judge Lasnik erroneously applied the applicable motion to dismiss standard and incorrectly considered documents outside of the pleadings. 

What Judge Lasnik did was enmeshed a Pro Se litigant in a procedural web and failed to judge on the merits of the case. 

Shame, shame on Judge Lasnik! 

"Who me?" YES YOU! 

Please Join me in a Prayer
That the 9th Circuit of Appeals 
Will allow me to proceed with this case!

This is the final opportunity to 
hold someone accountable
in the interest of Aviation Safety!

In the Interest of Justice! 

Enjoy the Journey
Dr. Karlene Petitt
A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Friday, July 7, 2023

Ladies Beyond Flying

You are Invited! 

To the 35th Aviation Women Panel on July 18th, 2023 at 0800 PDT. My friend, Daniel Stecher, is the man behind Ladies Beyond flying group and he's invited me to be a speaker on July 18th. I'll be on the tail end of a road trip, so who knows where I will be. But I will be there! That's why they make alarms. I hope you will join us. You never know what will be discussed, but from what I've seen, these talks are always enlightening. I will try not to disappoint. Click on the "book your seat" link below, and join me and a fabulous group of delightful people. We open up for questions, and you can ask anything. I hope to see you there!

Daniel Stecher is the Vice President Business Development Global Sales & Marketing. Reach out to him and become part of Ladies beyond flying... yes, there are men too. And check out his website. Daniel is an inspiration to all. He is connecting the world through aviation enthusiasts, and redefining travel. 

I hope to see you on the 18th! 



Enjoy the Journey

Dr. Karlene Petitt
A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727