District Court Dismisses Claim for Acts of Discrimination that Did Not Take Place in the U.S.

The World in U.S. Courts: Summer and Fall 2016 - Anti-discrimination Statute, 42 USC ยง 1981

Khaled Salem v. Royal Air Maroc, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, April 28,2016

Salem, an American citizen, and his Moroccan wife alleged that they were the targets of racially and religiously discriminatory conduct by representatives of Royal Air Maroc as they sought to board a flight from Cairo to Casablanca.  Salem sued the airline upon his return to the U.S. Claiming violations of Section 1981. The Court dismissed the case, concluding that the statute only reached covered discriminatory conduct within the “territorial jurisdiction” of the U.S., and was not to be given extraterritorial effect.

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