Employment and Labor Law

Employment and Labor Law is a dynamic and exciting area at the FAA. Attorneys with the Employment and Labor Law Division (AGC-100) support the approximately 6000 managers in the FAA by providing management-side counseling; representing the FAA in employment litigation; and advising on labor matters.

The practice has a significant litigation component. AGC-100 attorneys are lead counsel in all litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Attorneys complete an initial assessment of the case, draft and respond to discovery, represent the Agency in mediations, interview witnesses, prepare motions and take cases to hearings before Administrative Judges. AGC-100 attorneys also serve as a liaison with the Office of Special Counsel regarding allegations of prohibited personnel practices.

With respect to counseling, AGC-100 lawyers advise managers on disciplinary matters, drug and alcohol testing, reasonable accommodations, whistleblower protection, air traffic controller hiring, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This support includes analyzing novel issues, including FAA’s independent personnel management authority. It also provides attorneys the opportunity to hone their delivery skills by discussing difficult issues with clients

AGC-100 supports FAA leadership in several facets of labor law, particularly term negotiations with the Agency’s eight labor unions and fourteen collective bargaining agreements. AGC-100 attorneys review union contract proposals and oversee all legal involvement in labor contract negotiations, including participating in negotiations. They also provide ongoing advice to managers and the Office of Human Resource Management on various union issues. AGC-100 lawyers also perform the legal sufficiency review for over 900 memoranda of agreement each year.