A pregnant Muslim woman was filmed as she was forced from a Southwest Airlines plane last week by police.
Anila Daulatzai, a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, said she was the victim of sexism and racial profiling.
Officials say she was removed from the Washington to Los Angeles flight because she had said she had a life-threatening allergy to a pair of dogs that were traveling in the plane’s cabin.
Ms Daulatzai’s lawyers have denied this and instead claimed she was “profiled, abused, interrogated, detained, and subjected to false reporting and the trauma of racist, vitriolic public shaming precisely because she is a woman, a person of color, and a Muslim.”
They added: “She survived sexism, racial profiling, and police brutality that fateful day. Her mistreatment was particularly distressing because she is presently pregnant with her first child.”
In the video other passengers can be heard telling her to get off the plane and to stop resisting the police.
But Daulatzai was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other misdemeanour offenses.