When Congress raised commercial pilots’ mandatory retirement age from 60 to 65, not all pilots were pleased.
Pilots who had been forced to retire under the 60-years-of-age rule weren’t 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 back in court seeking back pay and lost wages under state laws and the Federal Tort Claims Act.
They claim Congress and the FAA violated state age discrimination laws in nine states, including New York. In response, the FAA claims Congress was within its rights to raise the retirement age the way it did.