A Labor Department ruling determined that before becoming head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Steve Dickson participated in eﬀorts by Delta Air Lines Inc management to wrongly use a psychiatric evaluation to retaliate against a pilot who raised safety concerns.
The lengthy decision by a department administrative law judge concluded that Mr. Dickson, as Delta’s senior vice president of flight operations, knew about and approved punitive moves against veteran co-pilot Karlene Petitt, who was deemed unfit to fly in December 2016 after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The diagnosis eventually was reversed and she resumed flying…
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