Arbitrator rules that FAA chief aided retaliation case
The FAA declined to comment on the ruling, instead pointing to Dickson’s past comments on the case, including that he wasn’t deeply involved in it. The pilot, Karlene Petitt sued Atlanta-based Delta in a Labor Department administrative proceeding in 2016. The judge said Delta failed to produce evidence of any shortcomings in Petitt’s performance as a pilot. Dickson, a former pilot, was Delta’s senior vice president of flight operations when Petitt raised her concerns. Dickson said in his deposition that Petitt “raised some important issues,” but he disputed her claim that Delta pressured pilots to fly when tired.