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



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