Pilots who had previously been forced to retire at age 60 weren’t grandfathered into the new system. When those pilots attempted a federal class-action lawsuit, 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 back in court 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 state age discrimination laws in nine states, including Florida.
In response, the FAA claims Congress was within its rights to raise the retirement age the way it did.