FAA Settles "Reverse-Discrimination" Lawsuit

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The FAA has settled a lawsuit in which a white male worker at the agency's William J. Hughes Technical Center, in Atlantic City, N.J., alleged that he was repeatedly passed over for promotion during his 28-year career while the positions he applied for were given to less-qualified minority and female applicants. Michael Ryan will be given a promotion with back pay, and the FAA has agreed to review its hiring and promotion policies, according to Hanan Isaacs, Ryan's lawyer. FAA spokesman Greg Martin told AVweb yesterday, "With the assistance of the court, we reached a settlement we believe is fair to both parties and upholds the FAA's ongoing commitment to ensure a workplace free of unlawful discrimination in any form." Meanwhile, an administrative judge ruled last week that at least three FAA managers manipulated personnel records in order to artificially meet diversity goals, and violated federal civil-rights laws. Some of the managers also lied under oath, according to a report at GovExec.com. An FAA spokeswoman declined to comment, GovExec said, saying that the case "is still in litigation."