...And Senior Workers Seek Equal Pay
Meanwhile, some senior FAA workers frustrated over a lack of response to their complaints say they may go to federal court to seek satisfaction, GovExec.com reported last week. Under rules instituted by the FAA's "pay-for-performance" system, some 2,000 senior employees have been locked out of base salary increases. The workers say this means they lose out in overtime pay, retirement, and other benefits that are tied to base pay, compared to other workers who were not affected by the new system. The FAA says it has no intention of changing back, but instead its aim is to level the field by bringing the rest of the agency's employees under the new system as well. A group of the affected workers has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging age discrimination, because most of those affected are older workers. But Tim O'Hara, leader of the group, told GovExec.com that they are starting to explore other options. "We expected at this point to at least have a hearing scheduled with [the EEOC]. We've heard nothing from them. Literally nothing."