WASHINGTON – Thirty-five unhappy former and current FBI agents are suing the bureau for age discrimination, claiming it adopted a policy limiting the years agents can serve as squad supervisors, Courthouse News Service reported. Agents claim the policy was designed to squeeze out older agents.
The news service reported that the agents — all GS-14 squad supervisors in the field offices — claimed in the lawsuit that they were given a choice to retire early, accept a demotion and loss of pay or get transferred to some remote post. They are asking for a number of things including the restoring of their pay grade.
The Courthouse News Service reported that all 45 former or current agents were forced to drop from GS-14 to GS-13 on the government pay scale. GS-14 salaries start at $105,211; GS-13 salaries start at $89,033, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
“Plaintiffs contend that the FBI initiated the policy because of a perception by FBI managers that older agents who had held a supervisory position for several years had become stagnant and needed to be replaced with younger agents,” the complaint states, according to the news service.
“At the time the policy was adopted, FBI management knew that all of the supervisors subjected to the term policy would be over the age of 40,” the suit says, according to the news service.
The lawsuit said that the policy limited the supervisors to five years at the position, the news service reported. But after pushing out hundreds of older agents, the FBI modified the policy so younger agents could stay on as supervisors for seven years, the suit said.
The FBI did not immediately return a phone call from ticklethewire.com for comment. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately have a comment.
Comment from fedupgman | [e]
Time December 15, 2010 at 10:55 am
This policy definitely was and is flawed and it would make much more interesting reading to obtain the internal discussion documents as this harebrained idea came to life. But age discrimination? Good luck with that.