ONE OF THE PROMISES? –
Nov. 13, 2022 – He objected, citing the religious aspects of AA’s 12-step program, which has its origins in a Christian group, per the group’s FAQ page. United rejected his suggestion of using the Buddhism-based peer-support group Refuge Recovery as an alternative, the commission said.
The decision violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, per the commission, which sued the airline on the man’s behalf in 2020, The Associated Press reported at the time.
To resolve the lawsuit, United will pay the pilot $305,000 in back pay and damages and reinstate him into its HIMS program while allowing him to attend a non-12-step peer-recovery program. It will also accept religious accommodations in its program in the future.