Muslim Engineer Charges Airline With Bias

March 4, 2004

Source: The State

On March 4, 2004 The State reported, "A flight engineer has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that ATA Airlines Inc. denied him a promotion to co-pilot because he is a Muslim born in the Middle East. In his lawsuit filed Feb. 13 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Ziad Elwazan asks a judge to void a June 2002 decision by its chief pilot that bars him from future attempts to become a first officer. Elwazan, 50, was born in Lebanon and is now a U.S. citizen living in Orlando, Fla. Elwazan, who had been a co-pilot earlier in his 20-year ATA career, claims in the lawsuit that he was passed over by younger pilots with less seniority for 15 months after he sought promotion in October 2000."