Wheelchair-Bound Controller Says FAA Is 'Retaliating' By Letting Him Go | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.23.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 02.23.15

Airborne 02.24.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Mon, Jun 26, 2006

Wheelchair-Bound Controller Says FAA Is 'Retaliating' By Letting Him Go

Man Sued Over Accessibility In 2002

Is it discrimination... or the agreed-upon outcome of an earlier court settlement? That's the question posed by the case of a Miami air traffic controller who says he received a surprise gift from the FAA for his 50th birthday: a pink slip.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the agency notified controller Ray McLeod last week that as of Monday, June 26 -- McLeod's 50th birthday -- he will no longer have the job he's held for 21 years.

The matter of why that's the case is subject to debate, however. McLeod -- who uses a wheelchair -- says the FAA is "retaliating" for a suit he brought against the agency in 2002, for failing to make his workplace more accessible to the handicapped.

"To be forced out the door without time to prepare, to me, that's just not right," McLeod said. "I still have financial responsibilities and bills."

Not surprisingly, the FAA denies McLeod's accusation that the agency is retaliating against him for his lawsuit -- but rather that it was an agreed-upon outcome from a subsequent court settlement reached between the two parties. Upon turning 50, an FAA spokesman said, McLeod is eligible to receive his pension -- and his birthday is also the date the FAA can let him go.

"The agency takes great pride to create a positive environment for employees who have disability concerns," said FAA spokesman Geoff Basye.

McLeod was paralyzed in a 1975 motorcycle accident. After undergoing rehabilitation, he worked as an airline dispatcher for 10 years, before being hired on as a controller at Miami Center.

There, McLeod says, he struggled to work in an environment not suited to the needs of the wheelchair-bound. The matter got worse when in 2000, the center installed new radar displays too low squeeze his wheelchair under.

McLeod first filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, then a lawsuit in US District Court in Miami. The FAA opted to settle the suit, allowing McLeod to continue working as an assistant controller -- until the first day he was eligible for retirement.

McLeod said his interpretation of the clause was that he could continue working for the FAA in another position.

"There have been other controllers who are no longer capable of working air traffic for medical reasons, who have been assigned other jobs," he said.

"After being a good employee for 20-plus years, it's just no way for anybody to be treated."

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.eeoc.gov

Advertisement

More News

Garmin Introduces Helicopter-Specific ADS-B Options

New GDL 84H And GDL 88H Offer On Scene Mode, TerminalTraffic And More Garmin has announced the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink. In a>[...]

Airborne 02.27.15: CS300 Flies, Nimoy Goes West, NTSB's Hart OK'd, PBOR II

Also: Bell 505 Update, Mooney Update, UAV Hysteria, AAR Sells Telair, True Blue Power, More UAV Waivers, Flyers Rights The Bombardier CSeries CS300 airliner made its first flight t>[...]

Airborne 02.27.15: CS300 Flies, Nimoy Goes West, NTSB's Hart OK'd, PBOR II

Also: Bell 505 Update, Mooney Update, UAV Hysteria, AAR Sells Telair, True Blue Power, More UAV Waivers, Flyers Rights The Bombardier CSeries CS300 airliner made its first flight t>[...]

Airborne 02.26.15: NBAA v Santa Monica, F22 Airshow Sked, Google Lunar XPrize

Also: Pioneering Space, IMC Clubs, BizJet Forecast, R44 SAIB, Twin Otter Upgrade, Cecil Field's Naval Influx The saga of Santa Monica Airport in California continues as the NBAA ha>[...]

First Flight: Bombardier's CS300

Company Hopes Airliner Will Soon Be Flying In Revenue Service Bombardier's CS300 airliner flew for the first time Friday, marking a key milestone in the troubled program.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC