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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...after-exposing-canteen-culture-of-racism.html



Scots BA pilot abused after exposing 'canteen culture of racism’

A British Airways captain was abused by fellow pilots after exposing a 'canteen culture of racism’ at the airline, a tribunal has heard.

By Chris Irvine
Published: 7:00AM BST 12 Jun 2009

Douglas Maughan, 54, alleges he was victimised, after appearing in a newspaper article discussing the “casual racism’ within the airline.

In the piece he claimed other pilots spoke disparagingly about blacks and Asians, with one referring Saudi Arabian passengers on one flight as “rag-heads”.

Captain Maughan, whose wife is Asian, said he took offence at the comments and the “institutional racism” pilots are allowed to get away with.

He claims he regularly tried to notify senior management of the abuse, but was told it was a private matter between two individuals.

At one point he even complained to Willie Walsh, the chief executive, but nothing was done to stop it, he told the Watford tribunal yesterday.

Thursday's employment tribunal heard a senior pilot had made a racist joke about the actor and American footballer OJ Simpson in a formal presentation.

In the newspaper article, Captain Maughan said just before a flight to Los Angeles, with a large party of Saudi Arabians on board, his Captain "suddenly embarked on an extraordinary rant about 'ragheads'."

"He got the word out twice before I stopped him by explaining he was going to be short of a first officer for the return sector if he carried on," Captain Maughan claim.

Speaking at the tribunal Captain Maughan claims he was met with a torrent of abusive phone calls and messages from colleagues.

Captain Maughan said of the “quite vociferous” response: “An anonymous caller phoned me in my hotel room in Singapore at 2.27am local time and said 'you stupid ------- ----. It’s a good job it’s a nine day trip because we are coming round to your house’.

“The caller was almost certainly a BA pilot colleague - he had access to my roster and knew which hotel I would be in.”

He also claims he was deliberately marked down by a pilot trainer, a few weeks later, in retaliation for the article.

Captain Maughan is suing the airline claiming victimisation on racial grounds. Three related claims were dismissed at a hearing earlier this year and he was ordered to pay BA £4,400 in costs, although he has appealed.

He said he had complained about racism at the airline in a string of incidents dating back to 1995.

Giving evidence, Captain Maughan, who stood as a Labour candidate for Scottish parliament in 2007, said he had received hate mail after writing in the staff magazine, BA News, in 2005, defending the Labour government’s economic record.

Captain Maughan claimed he received an abusive letter from an anonymous author, believed to be a BA pilot, saying: “Come separation, will all jocks ---- off to that welfare state paid for by English middle classes??? Please say yes.”

Captain Maughan, who lives in Edinburgh, has 29 years flying experience, including 16 at BA, and currently flies Boeing 777 long-haul flights.

British Airways are defending the claim vigorously.
“We have the most diverse workforce of any UK-based airline, with around 4,000 of our UK staff from ethnic minorities,” spokesman said.

“All British Airways employees must adhere to our policies concerning dignity at work.

“These policies encourage employees to report incidents where they believe racism, sexism or any other type of offensive or inappropriate behaviour has occurred.

“Any reports made by staff about racist behaviour are taken extremely seriously and investigated as a matter of priority.”

The case continues.
 

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Oh great, another racism thread. People just need to ignore the ignorant. I get so sick hearing about this crap. Who really cares?.... not me... I could really give a sh!t less if you hate me because of my skin color. The people who constantly scream racism this and racism that, are the ones who are perpetuating it. Who cares?.... Get on with your lives....
 

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Report brought to you by Pampers.....

-People's skin just keeps getting thinner and thinner-eventually, there will not be one adult left on the planet.
 

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"Dirty bums in nightshirts and Towel heads." Is a little more p/c.

Brought to you today by "Pampers"....lol that was classic CRJ567
 

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Not too many races yell "race" at every opportunity, just one or two. People are weary of the constant race card antics and are becoming restless.

O.J. Simpson is an idiot who eventually told on himself.
 

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Sounds pathetic this side of the Atlantic, but from what I have seen at BA I can tell you that certain attitudes are indeed appalling. Some "upper-class" pilots (or arrogant snobs if you ask me) were never made to travel the world and see "different" things. Just listening to what their say on "those yanks" are, made my blood boil...

(Cathay should even be a bit worse)
 

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Give me a break. Yeah, some words are more offensive than others but pretty soon we will only be able to use certain words to avoid hurting peoples' feelings. There is a line between truly offensive (like using the N word when addressing someone face-to-face) and making a casual remark. There are more important things to think about in the world. I guess the LIBERAL politically correct groups out there want to raise your taxes and restrict your speech. Time to say NO to too much political correctness...
 

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I actually applaud BA for keeping it in-house and telling this ******************************bag that it's between him and the other dude.

I much prefer man-up instead of the end run to management to get you fired.

Gup
 

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Report brought to you by Pampers.....

-People's skin just keeps getting thinner and thinner-eventually, there will not be one adult left on the planet.
I knew that you just had to be one of the first to chime in on this thread......defending racism as usual, pinhead.
 

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Privileged angry white men speaking out on racism.....hoooh boy.:rolleyes:
 

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I actually applaud BA for keeping it in-house and telling this ******************************bag that it's between him and the other dude.

I much prefer man-up instead of the end run to management to get you fired.

Gup
Though I think the childish behavior among pilots gets old (40+ year old captains acting like 15 year olds who have never had sex before), I would agree that if a flight officer were to say something that I thought was totally out of line, better to just say "look man, I don't want to hear that" than file complaints every time it happens.
 

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....... Just listening to what their say on "those yanks" are, made my blood boil...

(Cathay should even be a bit worse)
Those Yanks!?!?!? Now I'm outraged! Can I sue anyone? I mean, I'll probably lose sleep over this, with the mental anguish and all.
 

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Privileged angry white men speaking out on racism.....hoooh boy.:rolleyes:
Here we go-

"Da man" keeping you down, again?

-I am not any more priviledged than you are, moron! I earned every atom in everything I possess-and paid for all my school and training myself! I was not born or raised rich or privileged. You can suck a fatty, charlie-trying to blame me and all other "priviledged angry white men" for all your troubles.

-It sure is easier to blame everyone else rather than admitting you are a freaking loser by means of your own decisions!
 
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Is the term "rag-head" not politically correct?
I've heard that this is indeed politically incorrect. Since the fabric used is not a rag but more closely resembles a bedsheet. The correct term is:

Sheet-head.
 

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Here we go-

"Da man" keeping you down, again?

-I am not any more priviledged than you are, moron! I earned every atom in everything I possess-and paid for all my school and training myself! I was not born or raised rich or privileged. You can suck a fatty, charlie-trying to blame me and all other "priviledged angry white men" for all your troubles.

-It sure is easier to blame everyone else rather than admitting you are a freaking loser by means of your own decisions!
I think the thread was about "Da man" using racial profiling, jokes, slurs, etc... in a professional setting. It is wrong, yet it is accepted...and defended. GREAT flame bait though!
 

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I think the thread was about "Da man" using racial profiling, jokes, slurs, etc... in a professional setting. It is wrong, yet it is accepted...and defended. GREAT flame bait though!
Nevermind.
 
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-It sure is easier to blame everyone else rather than admitting you are a freaking loser by means of your own decisions!
In the case of African Americans, 300 hundred years of slavery, 100 hundred years of defacto discrimination and disenfranchisement and all is fair now? Don't examine the legacy left behind of higher unemployment, lower wages, infant mortality rates etc. let's just call them losers and wash our hands of the legacy of dicrimination and prejudice. :rolleyes:

I'm not African American, but from where I sit, looking at the history of this country, I think it's fair to say that the playing fields not as level as you might presume.
 
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