David McCollum, et al. v. Peter P.M. Buttigieg, Secretary, Department of Transportation (FAA)
What is the Litigation About?
This lawsuit alleges that the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA” or the “Agency”) violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”),
29 U.S.C. § 633a(a), by failing to select PATCO Inventory applicants for Air Traffic Control Specialist (“ATCS”) vacancies on the basis of age.
The settlement covers approximately 3,600 former PATCO air traffic controllers who went on strike in 1981 and were subsequently fired and banned
from rehire by President Ronald Reagan. When the ban was lifted in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, eligible air traffic controllers reapplied but
alleged they were not selected for rehire on the basis of age. The relevant period for this litigation is from approximately
September 16, 2003 to October 31, 2012.
The Agency denies all of the claims and allegations.
Am I a Class Member?
You are a Class Member if Agency records show you:
Were a former FAA air traffic controller who went on strike in 1981;
Applied to the FAA for an ATCS vacancy through Recruitment Notice 93-01 in 1993; and
Were not rehired or otherwise removed from the PATCO Inventory any time before September 16, 2003.
A notice has been sent to all known Class Members.
For information regarding your options as a Class Member, please carefully review the Notice of Resolution of Class action
Complaint (“NOR”) provided to you via mail and also available here.
How do I get more information?
As explained in the NOR, if you have any questions or would like more information, you may call or email
the Settlement Administrator at: