Bombardier Fined for Denial of Pilot Training

 - December 29, 2010, 6:19 AM

The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Bombardier to pay a Pakistani-born Canadian citizen more than $319,000 for denying him Challenger 604 flight ­training in 2004, after U.S. authorities identified him as a “threat to aviation or national security.” In its ruling, the tribunal deemed Javed Latif a victim of discrimination based on his ethnic and national origin. Out of the total award, punitive damages accounted for $50,000–the highest amount ever awarded by the tribunal. The court also ordered Bombardier to stop applying or considering standards and decisions of U.S. authorities relative to requests for pilot training under Canadian licenses.