A Muslim flight attendant from New Jersey has filed suit against American Airlines alleging his co-workers repeatedly called him a terrorist and FBI agents came to his house after he complained about the harassment to company officials. (Where there’s smoke there’s fire)
NJ.com Farkhan Mahmood Shah, an Edison resident of Pakistani descent, claims he was targeted for religious and ethnic harassment after the attacks of Sept. 11. American Airlines failed to stop the harassment after he reported it, Shah claims in the suit filed recently in Superior Court in Middlesex County.
Shah, who started working at the airline in 1999 as a flight attendant, alleges in the suit he was called a terrorist, part of Hezbollah or Taliban, and other offense names. On one flight, he claims another flight attendant tried to convert him from Islam to Christianity.
Shah said he reported the alleged harassment in 2008 he began to notice erroneous marks on his record for lateness and missing work. The complaint escalated to the airline’s New York human resources office in 2013 following numerous complaints where he also brought up the record errors, the suit said.
He said he was told his record would be fixed, but it was never corrected. The next year, the harassment “escalated quickly,” the suit says. In 2014, Shah and his coworkers were having a conversation about 9/11 and one of the workers said, “it was the Muslims and that Muslims are evil,” according to the suit. (They ARE!)
Shah responded that some had said the terrorist attack was an inside job, and ISIS was created by the CIA. Weeks later, Shah claims in his suit that he was placed on a “watch list” by American Airlines, and FBI agents showed up at his Edison home.
In 2016, he filed a complaint with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to the suit. Less than two weeks later, Shah claims FBI agents showed up at his house again, asking him if he planned on hurting anyone.
A tiny sample of the many Muslim vs Employer lawsuits: