American Airlines to Pay $60,000 Over Islamic Head Covering

September 3, 2002

Source: Reuters;jsessionid=XEIXXOIRHKJ1QCRBAEOCFEY?type=businessnews&StoryID=1405323

On September 3, 2002 Reuters reported that "American Airlines will pay $60,000 to a woman refused a uniformed position with the carrier because she asked to wear an Islamic head covering when she applied for a job four years ago... American denied allegations of discrimination brought by the EEOC in settling the suit, said spokeswoman Andrea Rader. At the time the woman sought employment, American's policies did not permit uniformed, customer-contact employees to wear religious attire or religious jewelry. The woman was offered a non-uniformed job, which she declined."