FAA Settles Reverse Discrimination Claim

November 22, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - As part of a settlement of a reverse-discrimination lawsuit, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to make the plaintiff a manager and give him eight years of back pay and $360,000 in legal expenses.

The settlement came in the legal case between Michael Ryan, who works at the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the FAA over Ryan’s claims that the FAA denied him eight promotions between 1995 and 1997, and chose minorities and women to fill the vacancies to meet diversity requirements, Workindex.com reported.

One of the selected workers was a black woman with 13 years less seniority than Ryan, whom Ryan taught in a training program.

As part of the settlement pact, the FAA agreed to review its hiring practices and policies to ensure they comply with affirmative-action and equal-opportunity laws.