FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Greyhound Lines apologized nearly two years after the company forced a Texas man out of a bus in Kansas because he was accused of being unruly and uncooperative.
Mohammad Reza Sardari was traveling from Dallas to Kansas City, Missouri in November 2017 when he was kicked from a Greyhound bus at a bus station in Wichita, Kansas. Sardari, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas-Arlington, was going to a national conference in Kansas City to present his research on inequality in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System.
Last November, Sardari filed a federal lawsuit in Dallas against Greyhound, saying the company was discriminated against because he was from the Middle East after the driver saw his name on the ticket. Sardari, who is Iranian, said he was "abandoned in the middle of the night in a dark, closed bus station."
At the time, Greyhound said he had investigated the incident and found that Sardari was removed because he refused to show his ticket when asked. The company said it called police to remove Sardari after he refused to leave the bus, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
On a declaration Last month Greyhound dropped its earlier allegations that Sardari had been undisciplined.
"Greyhound also fully withdraws its statement that police were called to remove Dr. Sardari from the bus he was riding," Greyhound said in a statement on September 17. "Greyhound sincerely apologizes to Dr. Sardari for the events that have occurred."
The company maintains that it did not discriminate against Sardari.
Sardari's lawsuit says the driver and passengers started yelling at him to get off the bus, which Sardari recorded on video.
"In the video, Sardari can be heard calmly asking for an explanation as to why he was asked to leave the bus," the lawsuit says. "Neither Greyhound security nor the driver provided one."
Information From: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com