Chowdhury v. Northwest Airlines Corporation

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Jun 04, 2002

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ACLU of Northern CA

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California, along with the law firm Relman & Associates, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Northwest Airlines for refusing to allow Arshad Chowdhury, a 26-year-old Bangladeshi-American, to board a Northwest flight even though he posed no security threat.

The complaint was filed on the same day and in collaboration with four other similar complaints filed across the country by other ACLU affiliates against major airlines.

All of the lawsuits concern airlines' widely-reported practice since September 11 of discriminating against passengers who are, or are perceived to be, of Middle Eastern origin.

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