When Congress raised the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots from 60 to 65, not all pilots were pleased.
Pilots who had been forced to retire under the 60-years-of-age rule were not grandfathered into the new system. Those pilots attempted a federal class-action lawsuit, but a federal district judge in San Francisco dismissed the case, claiming it should have been filed in Washington, D.C. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.
Now the pilots are seeking back pay and lost wages under state laws and the Federal Tort Claims Act. They claim Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) violated age discrimination laws in nine states, including Minnesota.
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