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Appeal in Arab-American and Muslim Pilot's Title VII Suit Against Airline

By FindLaw Staff on June 30, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In Younis v. Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., No. 08-6112, the Sixth Circuit faced a challenge to the district court's judgment in favor of the defendant in plaintiff's suit for employment discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, claiming that he was terminated from his position as a pilot with the defendant airline company because he was an Arab-American and Muslim.

In affirming the judgment, the court held that plaintiff has not satisfied the requirement that an employee exhaust administrative remedies with regard to a claim of hostile work environment under Title VII before bringing suit on that claim in federal court. The court also held that the plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies on the retaliation claim.  And lastly, the court held that the district court did not err in granting summary judgment on plaintiff's disparate treatment claim as he did not establish a Title VII violation circumstantially because he could not show that he was treated in all relevant respects less favorably than a similarly situated pilot with the defendant company at the rank of captain.

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