The Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation will pay more than 640 former flight service controllers roughly $44 million to settle a 2005 lawsuit that alleged they were fired because they were 40 or older, federal court records show.
The agencies are to separately provide annuity adjustments to another 25 class members in the 15-year-old case so that each receives sufficient additional service credit to qualify for an air traffic controller retirement, according to the agreement filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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The suit charged the FAA with violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it terminated approximately 800 flight service controllers because of their age after it outsourced the work they were performing to Lockheed Martin Corp. under a five-year, $1.9 billion contract.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and Gilbert Employment Law PC represent the workers. The Justice Department represents the FAA and the DOT.
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