Pakistani Flight Attendant Sues American Airlines

A Pakistani-born flight attendant, Farhan Mahmood Shah, has filed a lawsuit against American Airlines. The suit alleges that he was harassed by his co-workers who called him a terrorist and said that he was part of terrorist organizations like Taliban and Hezbollah.

He filed the suit in Superior Court in Middlesex County. Currently living in Edison, New Jersey, Farhan said that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents visited his house when he complained about the harassment to the company officials.

American Airlines Failed to Stop The Harassment

According to, Mr. Farhan was targeted for religious and ethnic harassment after the 9/11 attacks. The lawsuit also alleges that American Airlines failed to put a stop to the harassment.

He started working at American Airlines in 1999 as a flight attendant. Farhan was called a terrorist, part of Hezbollah and Taliban among other offensive names.

In one flight, another attendant tried to convert him to Christianity.

An American Airlines’ spokesperson says that the complaints in his lawsuit are being reviewed.

First Reported in 2008

He first reported the harassment after noticing bad remarks in his record for missing work and being late. The situation escalated to the New York-based human resource office of the airline in 2013 when he complained about the erroneous records.

In 2014, Mr. Farhan and his coworkers were having a chat about the 9/11 crash. One of the workers remarked that ”it was the Muslims” and that “Muslims are evil”.

Unfortunately, he replied that that the attack was an inside job and ISIS was created by the CIA. Only his comments were reported to the higher ups with the anti-Muslim remarks not mentioned at all. Regardless, we’re pretty sure these comments on his part are not going to help his case.

Placed on the Watch List

After a few weeks, he was placed on the “watch list” of American Airlines and FBI agents came up to his house in New Jersey.

For the next 2 years, the harassment continued and his case bounced around to several human resource representatives.

In 2016, Mr. Farhan filed a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Within a couple of weeks, FBI agents showed up again asking him whether he planned on hurting anyone.

Right to Sue

He received a Right to Sue letter from the Commission in early 2017 and he is still on the airline’s staff.

All of this was mentioned in Mr. Farhan’s lawsuit.

Mr. Farhan’s lawsuit names American Airlines and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and is seeking damages, attorney fees, and other charges.


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  • Title says Pakistani, post says Pakistani-born, essentially there are ambassadors in global embassies in Pakistan that live for many years here, their children are born here in Pakistan and they go to school as well, so they are Pakistani’s too?

    • Obviously they are! Im assuming you dont know english terms well enough to evaluate between them.. See an “american” is referred to someone who is legally living in the country while his origin is describe by “x(insert country of origin here) born” !if you are legally living in the country you are a citizen and have the priviledge to call yourself a citizen .

  • I humbly request the author of this article to the words “AISIS” instead of “ISIS” bcoz its not “Islamic State” but Anti Islamic State. So the word anti is the proper way to use it. Even Dr.Zakir naik said it that even Muslim media is using the word ISIS which is wrong. It will send wrong signal. Don’t play in Zionist hands dear.

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