Bombardier To Pay Fired Jet Salesman

 - October 31, 2006, 10:46 AM

A veteran jet salesman who claimed in a lawsuit filed in August 2003 that he was fired from Bombardier Aerospace in 2002 because he refused to drink and smoke with customers got retribution. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered Bombardier Aerospace to pay $159,000 to Michael Kolman. Kolman, a Mormon, alleged he was fired eight days after he complained to the company’s human resources department that the v-p of sales told him that his abstinence would offend customers and that his religion hurt his ability to sell business jets. Kolman was hired by Bombardier in August 2001 after working eight years as an airplane salesman, including five years at Cessna. A Bombardier spokesman was unavailable for comment.