PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A stunning lawsuit just filed in Palm Beach County reveals an apparent level of ineptitude by JetBlue management in South Florida, potentially risking the safety of passengers traveling through the airline’s Fort Lauderdale hub.
Now former employee Redmon Ramsaran, a Palm Beach County resident, claims he was fired from the JetBlue Aiport Operations team after he incorrectly checked-in a bag containing ammunition but no weapon.
According to the suit, Ramsaran attempted to find JetBlue management — as well as a TSA representative — for official instructions on how to handle the bag, but neither airline nor TSA personnel could provide official policy. As a result, Ramsaran tagged the bag as he believed appropriate.
But a subsequent JetBlue investigation, according to the suit, alleged that Ramsaran mishandled the bag. He was terminated. Days later, according to the suit, JetBlue held a training session for South Florida employees to establish policy for checking ammunition when no weapon is present.
The suit, which you can read here, raises questions as to whether a JetBlue ammunition policy was in place, and if so, whether it was effectively communicated to employees.
The suit, which notes that the ammunition incident was coincidentally timed to an injury Ramsaran sustained on the job, seeks back pay and damages under Florida’s Coercion Statute as well as Federal Worker’s Compensation rules.
Ramsaran is represented by David Cozad of Levy and Levy in Fort Lauderdale.