Media Advisory: CAIR-Chicago Files Bias Complaint on Behalf of Muslim Flight Attendant

(CHICAGO, IL, 2/16/09) – The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced today that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. district court, Northern District of Illinois, on behalf of a Muslim flight attendant who allegedly suffered discrimination by his employer, American Airlines.

In 2004 and 2007 the flight attendant requested accommodations, which included working a ground job and not having to touch alcohol, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Although American Airlines regularly grants special ground assignments to similarly situated employees, the Muslim man was denied any such assignment. A Flight Service representative allegedly told the victim that the company feared that other Muslim employees would request similar accommodations.

The flight attendant, who has been working for American Airlines since 1998, also cited other incidents of discrimination in the workplace. CAIR-Chicago is working to achieve a just resolution to this matter.

CAIR-Chicago, a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil rights group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director, CAIR-Chicago, E-Mail:, 312.212.1520; or 202.870.0016; Amina Sharif, Communications Coordinator, CAIR-Chicago, 630.935.5562; E-Mail: