Post 9/11 Firing of Muslim Pilot Found Illegal

February 5, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On February 5, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a Missouri-based regional airline fired a San Bruno pilot a week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because he is Muslim, a federal agency has concluded... Mohammed Shanif Hussein, 28, was wrongfully terminated by Trans States Airlines Inc. on Sept. 18, 2001 based on his religion, according to a finding by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission... The ruling allows Hussein to file a federal civil-rights suit against the airline should negotiations toward an agreement fail... Hussein said Tuesday that he wants to be reinstated with back pay."