Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Another One for the "Judges Fly Too" File

Just a few days ago I mentioned here that you could frequently predict the outcome of an employment law suit in the aviation industry by thinking of which outcome would come down on the side of "most safety conscious." Today's case in point, a magistrate judge's determination summed up in this Springfield News-Leader headline, Ruling: Pilot was fired for bar visit, not religion.

The EEOC which brought the suit, alleged the firing of Shanif Hussein two days after 9/11 was because he was a Muslim and a backlash to the 9/11 attacks. Not according to the airline, Hussein was fired for violating its rule against pilots being in bars in uniform. Contemplating a flight with an inebriated pilot - that's an easy one.

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