North Carolina’s state NAACP president William Barber has filed a discrimination lawsuit against American Airlines. Barber, the founder of North Carolina’s “Moral Mondays” civil rights protests burst onto the national scene after his rousing speech at this summer’s Democratic National Convention, claims that “this differential treatment was based on race”.
According to the lawsuit filed in federal court, Barber says he was harassed by passengers and a flight attendant. The suit also contends that “Reverend Barber was calm, complied with all directives from the flight crew, and did nothing that warranted being ejected from the airplane. Barber is asking for both monetary compensation as well as airline policy changes.
The airlines issued a statement:
American does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and we are committed to providing a positive travel experience for all of our customers.