12 June 2009
Pilot takes claims of racial victimisation to employment tribunal
A Scottish airline pilot has claimed in an employment tribunal that he was victimised after exposing "institutional racism" among colleagues.
Captain Douglas Maughan alleges that he was subjected to racist taunts by co-workers at British Airways (BA).
According to the 54-year-old, colleagues made comments about how "jocks" should go back to the welfare state funded by the English.
He also says that a senior pilot had made a racist comment about the OJ Simpson trial in a formal presentation.
Captain Maughan claims that he took his complaint to bosses at the firm - which operates a global network flying to and from centrally-located airports - but nothing was done.
He subsequently spoke out about the issue in a newspaper and since then, he suggests, he has received abusive calls and messages from co-workers.
The pilot is suing BA over alleged victimisation on racial grounds.
BA denies the claims and the hearing continues.