Nortel ( NT) convinced a bankruptcy court that it needs to pay $22 million in bonuses to help keep 880 employees from leaving the company.

The failed Toronto telecom equipment supplier was granted approval for the move by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Nortel, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in January after failing to turn the business around after a massive bonus scandal and the steep drop in demand for new gear.

Nortel is also seeking as much as $23 million in bonuses for senior executives who can help pull the company out of its restructuring, according to the Bloomberg report.

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